FIRE DEPARTMENT OF WILKES-BARRE
The city of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has wakened up to the necessity of keeping its fire department in the first rank, as becomes a city of 60,000 population doing a large manufacturing and commercial business. Its energetic chief, Joseph G. Schuler, is aware that, to prevent conflagrations, there must be fire equipment to meet emergencies. Acting on this principle, new apparatus and fire supplies are being added to the department—notably one of the latest additions being a first-class Nott steamer and other modern appliances. Four years ago the equipment consisted of five steamers, font combination chemical wagons, one combination hook and ladder truck, one chemical engine, two hook and ladder trucks, one aerial truck, one hose wagon, three hose carriages, a total of 2,100 feet of hose, of which only 1,600 feet was reliable, and a fire alarm system of only seven boxes. This was very inadequate to the size and extent of the property to be protected. Especially was this the case in the matter of hose, where 10.000 feet of the best would not have been a foot too many. The department has undergone a considerable, change for the better, being strengthened all along the line with the newest and most modern appliances. Only a few weeks ago the new Nott engine was placed in commission, and the photograph shown herewith was taken at the time it was undergoing a series of severe tests in the presence of the fire commissioners and a number of interested people from outside. As mentioned in these columns at the time of the delivery, D. A. Woodhouse, the Eastern agent of the Nott company, had charge of the trials, which proved in every way satisfactory, according to the specifications.