Greenville Fire Department Report.
Riley J. Rowley resigned as chief of the fire department of Greenville, S. C., on January 1 and R. J. Legon, assistant chief, was elected chief. Chief Rowley had been at the head of the Greenville lire department ever since the paid department went into effect and it was with universal regret that his resignation was handed to the Board of Fire Commissioners. The paid department has been in force since January 1, 1902. The City Council authorized the Board of Fire Commissioners to contract with the Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Company to install their system in Greenville at once. This matter the department and the Board of hire Commissioners have been working for for the past eight years. In his last annual report, which is just at hand, Chief Rowley makes several recommendations, among which are the purchase of another motor wagon, an increase in the manual force, a new supply of hose, that the department be consulted when hydrants are to be placed and the restriction of building combustible structures within the fire limits. An inventory of the department property shows a valuation of $16,836. The appropriation for last year’s maintenance was $15,000 and disbursements $13,253, leaving a balance of $1,746. Of the outlay $10,634 went for salaries. During the year the department responded to eighty alarms, stretched 25,400 feet of hose, raised 785 feet of ladder and used 438 gallons of chemicals. Distance traveled answering alarms, 109 3/4 miles. Value of buildings where fires occurred, $149,375; value of contents in buildings where fires occurred, $215,450; total value of property at risk, $364,825; insurance on buildings, $91,425; insurance on contents, $132,050; total insurance on property at risk, $223,475; damage to buildings, $50,682.38; damage to contents, $22,359.08; total damage to property at risk, $73,011.46. Chief Rowley says: “In closing this report, which will be my last official communication to your board, as my resignation takes effect with even date hereof, 1 wish to thank your body for the loyal support you have given me during my administration as chief of the department. I desire to assure you of my appreciation of the confidence you placed in me. The welfare of the department will ever be very dear to me and I will watch with pleasure and interest its growth and increased efficiency, and if at any time in the future I can, in my humble way, he of any assistance in any manner whatever, 1 want you to feel and know that I am yours to command. For the members of the department I have only the highest praise. Thev were at all times faithful and true and at their hands I received nothing less than obedience, respect and loyalty. Their duties were all performed cheerfully, honestly and willingly and I am proud to say that in severing my connection with the department 1 do so with the highest regard for and the good will of each and every member.”