FIRE DEPARTMENT OF SACRAMENTO.
In the last report of Henry A. Guthrie, chief engineer of the Sacramento, Cal., fire department, he recommends that hook and ladder truck, stationed at Nineteenth street, be replaced by a combination truck equipped with a chemical tank and extension ladders of the latest improved pattern He also recommends that an additional fire station be erected and equipped in the northeastern portion of the city. Chief Guthrie likewise thinks that larger mains should be laid in certain portions of the city, so as to afford adequate fire protection, and that more tire hydrants should be set. Continuing, he says:
THE GAMEWELL SYSTEM.
Believing that the property interests of the city should never be entirely dependent on any one system of water works for tire purposes, I recommend the necessity of constructing a system of cisterns at various parts of the city, with capacities of not less than 10,000 gallons, and fed by pipes with gate valves attached directly from the street mains.
He urges the purchase of 1,500 feet of cotton, rubber-lined hose, and that a horse and buggy be provided for the assistant chief. The following suggestion of the chief is deserving of the approval of the board—namely, that,inasmuch as there is no provision in the city charter prescribed for the care of injured members of the tire department, and the only relief afforded it is a fund subscribed by the individual members or by obtaining money by donations or benefits, I respectfully recommend that an ordinance be passed by your honorable body, providing that in the future all disabled members of the fire department shall receive full pay for the first month after the injury, and onehalf pay thereafter until able to work, and. if totally disabled, a pension of $50 per month be paid, propor, tionately.
The total fire loss and insurance for the year was as follows: Loss on buildings and personal property, $284,129.10 ; insurance, $405,010. The largest fires were at. Fifth and Sixth, K and L streets—-1 oss$21,827.02; 1013 to 1021 Front street, occupied as stable and warehouse—loss, $35,793.51; S. P. R. R. shops, buildings known as the sawmill and cabinet shop, and upholsterer aud car machine shop—loss, $130,000. Chief Guthrie estimates his expenses for the current year at $38,000, exclusive of the cost of apparatus and equfpment recommended above. The total force consists of twenty full paid men, including chief engineer aud thirty-six call men.