FIVE YEARS OF A PROTECTIVE DEPARTMENT.
From June 30, 1901, to the same date in 1906, no report was issued by the Superintendent Charles H. Swan of the protective department of Providence, R. I. That of the latter date tells of 2,465 bell and 152 still alarms attended during these ten years—a total of 2,617 average of 493 each year. At these fires were spread 4,094 stock and 803 roof-covers—an average at each fire of 818.4 and 163.3 respectively. One thousand three hundred and ninety runs were made with No. 1 wagon, and 1,473 with No. 2—an average of 278 and 294.3 respectively. The same wagons traveled 1,900 miles and a quarter and 4.182 miles and three quarters—an average of 380 and 836.3 respectively. Of actual fires there were 748—an average of 149.3, at which the department worked 1.050 hours forty-seven minutes—an average of 210 per year, and was absent from stations 2,242 hours, 27 minutes— an average of 448.2. At these fires 133 extinguishers—an average of 26.3 per year—were used. The losses on buildings and contents amounted to $2.047,137.71—an average of $409,427.54; insurance on buildings and contents, $1,746.81998 —average, $349,363.99. The total of loss on buildings was $671.811.2—average, $134,362.25; on contents, $1.375.326.44—average, $275,065.29; insurance loss on buildings, $598,299.43—average, $119,659.88; on contents, $1,148,520.55 —average, $229,704.11; total of insurance on buildings and contents, $1,953,726.75 — average, $6,390,745.35; total of premiums received, $3,792.079-59—iaverage, $758,415.92. The total expenditure on the department, including salaries, equipment repairs, accident insurance premiums, etc., during the decade was $50,982.06—average, $10,196.59. The active force consists of eleven permanent men, under Superintendent Charles H. Swan, who has served thirty-two years. The other officers are a captain and a lieutenant. The equipment consists of two wagons, each drawn by two horses, and a wagon ready for service in reserve. One is a new wagon of New York style of fire-patrol wagons with roller-bearings and rubber tires. No. 2 wagon, also, has been fitted with new axles and wheels, roller-bearings and rubber tires. On each wagon is carried the usual equipment, together with spare sprinklerheads, which are replaced at fires where there is a sprinkler system. The premises are thus left always protected. The city pays the salaries of the two drivers and furnishes four horses, with harness, shoes and feed and accommodation for men, horses and apparatus. All other expenses are met by a tax of one and a half per cent, on all premiums received by the underwriters.