FIRE DEPARTMENT OF WORCESTER.
Chief Engineer E. L. Vaughn, in submitting the annual report of the fire department of Worcester, Mass., again recommends that the eight call lieutenants in the department be made permanent men. The fire fighting force of the board consists of a chief, deputy chief, and assistant chief, eightyeight permanent and ninety-nine call men. There have been no additions to the permanent forceduring the year. Of the sixteen appratus houses all but two are in good condition, and these two the chief recommends should be replaced by new and more commodious buildings. The department has 21,150 feet of hose in service and 2,350 feet in the store house. Chief Vaughn recommends the purchase of 3,000 feet of hose as soon as possible. The apparatus of the department consists of seven engines, fourteen hose wagons, four chemicals, and four ladder trucks, all of which are in good condition. The number of horses in the department is sixty-two. The chief speaks in highest terms of the excellent condition of the fire alarm telegraph, and expresses his opinion that the burying of the wires has resulted in a much improved service. lie urges that the remainder of the wires overhead be placed underground. The chief also speaks of the friendly relations existing between the fire department and the salvage corps. The total expenses of the department during the year were $138,330.66. The appropriation was $137,500. which, with a balance from last year of $4,8836 79 and a revenue of $1,525.03, leaves a balance this year of $5,531.82. The fire alaims during the year were 435, of which 170 were bell. 254 still, and eleven thermostat. The valuation of property where the fires have occurred was $2,267,597.39; the insurance on this property, $2,047,576; the insurance paid, $322,988 97, and the uninsured loss, $82,686.72. Superintendent of fire alarm telegraph W. H McClure, in submitting his report, says that 575 feet of underground duct has been laid during the year, and T homas street and Washington square cleared of all wires belonging to the city. In view of the extension of the underground plants of the different corporations in the city, Superintendent McClure recommends an appropriation of $1,100 for the further extension of this improvement by his department. The number of alarms rung by the department during the year was 170 bell alarms for fire, five second alarms, three third alarms, and twelve no-school signals. Five signal boxes have been added to the service during the year.