FLATBUSH, L. I.
Chief William H. Swartwout’s is the last report that will be issued by the old fire department of Flatbusb, L. I. It shows that there are twenty-four members on the roll; that during the fiscal year there have been thirty-eight calls of fire, an increase of seventeen over the past year, and that the total loss has been $21,331. The greatest loss was that caused by the Twentieth street fire in February. It announces that the water supply is ample for some years to come without the aid of steam fire-engines, except in some portions of Windsor Terrace. All hose, trucks, alarm system,and other supplies are turned over to the city, free of debt, and the department goes out of existence with a dean record. The department has served the city for fifteen years faithfully and well, and there has been no great destruction of property or loss of life. Mr. Swartwout in closing his report says:
“I desire to thank my two assistants, Stephen Hare and James Eckersley, fortheir hearty support and co-operation. I also thank each and every member of thedepartment, for their promptnesson all occasions, and the interest they have taken in all matter pertaining to the improvement of the fire service of this town. I tender to you my appreciation for your kindness and friendship to me personally, and believe that it will be a pleasure to us all in after years to recall to memory the days which we spent together in the Flatbusb fire department.”