HOBOKEN, N. J., FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Chief Applegate, of the Hoboken, N. J., fire department, reports that during 1895 there were 122 fires. The personnel of the department is as follows: Chief engineer; 6 captains; 4 engineers; 36 firemen; I superintendent of fire alarm telegraph; I clerk: I veterinary surgeon. The apparatus consists of 3 second-size steam fire engines; I double tank 60-gallon and I 63-gallon chemical engine; 2 aerial trucks with 5,000 feet of hose in actual service, and 300 more in reserve. Chief Applegate recommends the purchase of 1,000 feet of hose; the building of a new engine house in either the Third or the Fifth ward: addition to the number of fire alarm boxes; the establishment of more direct communication between the fire houses and headquarters. He would further have an ordinance passed by which should be forbidden the erection of any frame buildings of a greater height than three stories. The appointment of a building inspector is also strongly advocated.