Fire Statistics From Waltham.
During the past year the fire department of Waltham, Mass., turned out for 164 alarms (2 second and 1 third) and fires, of which 44 fires were in dwellings, 12 in stores, 5 in stables, 9 chimney, 46 brush or grain, 21 miscellaneous. The total insurance involved was $265,150, of which only $46,450 was on contents ;loss on buildings, $4,007; in buildings, $10,438.02—total, $14,446.22; insurance paid on buildings, $10,363, on contents $3,433—total, $13,796; loss above insurance paid, $650. There was exuended on hose the sum of $250; in service are 11,000 ft. of 2¾-⅛. and 500 of chemical. The equipment is as follows: Steamers, two; chemical engine, hook and ladder truck, aerial truck, combination chemical and hose wagon; hose wagons, 4: hose reel, chief’s wagon, supply wagon, supply pung, exercise wagons, 2. In reserve is a hose wagon There are 25 horses in service. The manual force consists of the following: Chief, assis taut engineers, 2: captains, 8; lieutenants, first, 7; second, 11; engineers. 2; stokers. 2; drivers (permanent, 12; call, 2), 14; hosemen and laddermen, 46—total, 83. The property of the department is valued at $32,251.79. There were laid at fires during the year 13,1X10 ft. of 2‘/jin. hose; 6,800 ft. of chemical, 993 ft. of ladder. 2,073 gal. of chemical. 152 extinguishers, 18 covers. The officers of the department are: George L. Johnson, chief: Edward H. Bull, first assistant; George H. Putman, second assistant. The position of Chief Engineer was made permanent on May 1, 1900. and the board of engineers was abolished—giving the chief full control of the department. There are five firehorses. The chief recommends the purchase of an additional fire alarm box, the addition of two permanent men to the department and the setting of another hydrant.
Ralph Zimmerman has again been elected chief of the Shamokin, Pa., fire department.