Greater Efficiency in Duluth Department
The fire department of Duluth, Minn., desires an allowance of $171,727.50 for 1914 when the commission meets this fall to prepare the budget for the coming year. This is an increase of approximately $22,000 over the sum which was apportioned to the fire department for the current year, The difference represents three new pieces of motor apparatus which the offic als wish to add to the equipment. They are an aerial truck, $11 .otM); combination pumper and hose wagon, $8,000; and a new machine for Chief Randall, $2,500. The estimate was prepared by Commissioner Hicken, head of the safety division, and Joseph Randall, chief of the department. The estimate will he turned over to F nance Commissioner Voss, as provided by the city charter. Chief Randall states that the two pieces of lirelighting apparatus would save the city $5,4-15 in salaries and maintenance charges, thus paying for themselves in two years. He asserts that the auto now used by the first assistant chief is not rel -able tor regular service, having seen three years of hard usage. He would have it utilized for a practise rig for breaking new drivers. His machine would be fitted out with the chemical apparatus now on the West end car and turned over to the first assistant, vvh le the new car would replace the one he now uses.
During July the department responded to 25 alarms, at which the total estimated loss was $11,405, covered by $17,900 of insurance. The’ receipts of the department from miscellaneous sources for the month aggregated $822.04. his includes receipts for a team sold to the health department, the old chemical, two sets of harness, old hose sold, and miscellaneous articles disposed of.