FIRE PROTECTION AT STEUBENVILLE.
The valuation of the property protected by the paid fire department of Steubenville, Ohio, is set down at nearly $6,000,000. During 1902 there were ninety-four alarms of fire, sixteen more than in any other year since the paid department has been in exisence. The property loss was $15,306—nearly seven times greater than in 1901, yet, since it amounted to an average of a little more than $162 for each fire, it is clear that Chief W. B. Martin and his men did their work well. In reality the loss was only $2,840. as all above that sum was covered by insurance. For the light loss the good work done by the chemical engine is conspicuous. That piece of apparatus alone saved thousands of dollars worth of property from being destroyed or damaged by water. The department consists of one fire marshal and ten firemen. There are in use one combination wagon, one hose wagon, one hook and ladder truck, and two two wheeled hose carts, all of which are in good condition. The department has seven horses, and 3,500 feet of hose in good condition, with 300 feet in poor condition. The two old engines are still on hand to be used in case of emergency. During the past year the salaries of the firemen were increased. All the work of maintaining the Gamcwell fire alarm system in proper working order has been performed by the members of the department, which has had a number of fires to fight, but not in one single instance, except where the fires had gained much headway, Owing to their scene lying at a considerable distance from the engine houses, was the damage heavy. At these fires 11,250 feet of hose and 791 gallons of chemicals were used. For about 260 fire hydrants set in the city, the water pressure is forty-six to no pounds.