FIRE DEPARTMENT OF TOLEDO.
In the annual report of the fire department of Toledo, Ohio, it is recommended by Chief Wall that,as the West Dorr street, Air Line Junction, Manhattan vide and Ironville districts are rapidly being built up with fine residences, large manufactories, lumber and oil plants, something should be done to provide these sections with proper fire protection, as property amounting to thousands of dollars in value has no fire protection nearer than two miles. He likewise recommends that a fireboat be purchased and pipes laid in the business parts of the city. Such a boat, besides being useful in case of the water works system failing on an emergency, could also render valuable service in the lumber districts, at elevators, railroad property, the middle grounds, and other points on the river front, which could not be reached by steamers without delay. Chief Wall also calls the attention of the fire commissioners to the great need of a building inspector and a proper building law. I Hiring the year past the department answered 373 alarms (twenty false), of which 361 were sent over the wires (four being false). The total fire loss was $254,213 63, with total insurance of $2.344,354.09.of which $251,608.63 was paid, leaving a loss over insurance paid of $2 605. Of the 334 actual fires 328 were confined to the place of origin and six extended beyond the buildings in which they started (brick, four, frame, two. During the year the department laid 223,000 feet of hose, raised 11.126 feet of ladder, traveled 3.393 1-2 miles.and worked 1 620 1-2 hours. It has in service six steam fire en gines, four hook and ladder trucks (one aerial), three chemical engines, four combination chemical and hose wagons, seven hose carriages, 20,420 feet of good cotton hose, and fifty four horses. The net expense of the department, whose force consists of 104 men, was $103.18990 for the year. Its officers are: Chief, C. F. Wall; first assistant, William Mayo; second assistant, L. H. Elling; superintendent of fire alarm telegraph, V. D. Greece. During the year all the fire alarm wires in the business portions of the city have been buried in the conduits of the Central Union Telephone Company. A sufficient number of wires has been provided in the underground cables to take care of any reasonable growth in the fire alarm telegraph department for at least ten years to come. Cables to the amount of 10,878 feet of wire (3.000 feet duplex No. 14 included) have been laid at a cost (for cable, terminal and safety devices only) of $2,379.44. The regular members of the department installed the cables at no extra expense to the city for labor. Each engine house has been equipped with long distance copper metallic circuits. The storage battery system has been in service for two years, and during that time has not cost one cent for renewals or repairs. The streets of the citv are rapidly being cleared of poles and wires, whereby the operations of the fire department have been greatly assisted. The danger to the water pipes from electrolysis is also lessening, as the street railway company is taking better care of the return currents. When its system of underground wiring is completed. the pipes will be comparatively safe. The tire commissioners of the city unanimously compliment Chief Walt at d all members of the department upon the very creditable showing made during the year, and Supt Greene for the very able manner in which he has conducted the fire alarm telegraph department* a great many improvements and savings having been made in that department under his able management.
The discipline of the fire department they add has been almost perfect during the past year. We feel that the officers and members are working in harmony for the common good, and that much credit is due to Chief Wall for the able manner in which he has conducted the business of the department.