Fire Protection at Pottstown.
The records of Chief R. Cook, of the fire department of Pottstown, Pa., show that there were thirty-three fires or alarms during the past year within the borough limits. Boxes were pulled for twenty-four; six were sent in by telephone; three were false alarms. Four of the fires were the work of incendiaries. The total loss was $19,825 and the insurance carried on the risks was about $476,000. During the year Chief Cook periodically inspected the various fire houses and found apparatus in iirstclass condition. There was a number of glasses on fire-alarm boxes broken b.v toys—a practice which should be severely dealt with, as it opens up a possibility of false alarms, thereby entailing an unnecessary expense to the department and danger of accidents. Chief Cook asks the city council to he liberal in its appropriation to the fire committee during this year, especially in the matter of hose. He also points out that the agreement existing between the council and the Good Will fire company, relative to a 10-year lease on the Button steamer, was to expire last March ; when that engine again becomes their property. The apparatus of the various companies consists of the following: Philadelphia fire company No. 1—one third-class Silbsy engine; one one-horse hose wagon; 1,300 ft. of cotton hose; three horses, with one paid driver sleeping in the enginehouse. Empire Hook & Ladder Co.—No. 1—-One truck, with 143 ft. of ladder, with two 3-gal. chemical extinguishers; 1,400 ft. of cotton hose; one double 35-gal. tank, chemical and hose wagon, besides four horses, with a paid driver. Good Will fire company No. 1—One third-class Button steamer; one Racine double 35-gal. tank, chemical and hose wagon, with two 3-gal. chemical extinguishers; 1,400 ft. of cotton hose, besides three paid drivers and five horses. In reserve are the following: One thirdclass Button engine; one hose cart. The total amount of hose in use is 4,100 ft. The fire-alarm system is Gamewell. It consists of thirty-one street-boxes and one private, one switchboard, three indicators, twelve call-bells. The alarmboxes have been fitted with key guards during the year and a general alarm has been installed, consisting of one whistle machine controling automatically an 8-mile whistle, which is located on the premises of the Pottstown Light, Heat and Power company. It is giving general satisfaction. Relief-valves for steamers and shut-off nozzles have been ordered.