Chief Plume in his annual report of the fire department of Cranford, N, J., says that during the past year a fire alarm system with four and one-half miles of wire and five signal boxes has been installed. The expense of construction has been confined to the bare cost of materials; the labor having TURKISH FIRE-WATCH TOWER. been contributed by the members of the department. Six fires occurred in the township during the year. Chief Plume recommends the location of an additional hydrant at Garwood, and the purchase of a chemical engine for use at fires outside the hydrant district. The force consists of one chief and one assistant chief engineer and fifty active members, divided into a hose and a truck company of twenty-five members each. The apparatus consists of one four-wheeled hose carriage, equipped with 1,450 feet of two and one-half inch hose, and one hook and ladder truck, equipped with five ladders, extinguishers, hooks, axes, bars, buckets, etc. The water supply is obtained from forty hydrants, located in the most thickly settled portions of the township.
At North Adams, Mass., during the past year there were nineteen alarms; valuation of real estate, $ 32,500; damage to same, $2,727.50; insurance upon same, $20,175;. value of personal property. $5,740; damage to same, $1,812; insurance upon same, $3,490; total value. $38,240; total damage. $4:539-50; total insurance. $23,665. The force of the department consists of one chief engineer, W W. Byars, and three assistant engineers, three hose companies 9f twelve men each, one hook and ladder company of nine men. Fire Chief Charles E. Swingley, of the St. Louis fire department, reports that, during the year ending April 1. 1897, the department responded to 1,536 alarms. The property loss is given at $1,385,168; the insurance loss at $1,346,817. showing that St. Louis keeps well insured. The per capita loss is $2.16. There are thirty-five engines in active service, one chemical, thirty-five hose wagons, eleven equipped with chemical tanks and eight with spools and chemical tanks, eleven hook and ladder trucks, two water towers, nine fuel wagons,and eleven officers’ wagons. During the year thirlyfour members were injured. The system of inspections inaugurated two years ago has proven of gfeat value. There were 5,974 buildings inspected during the year. Chief Swingley recommends an additional engine and truck house and the addition of two new men to each of the present companies of ten men.