HOBOKEN WELL PROTECTED AGAINST FIRE.

HOBOKEN WELL PROTECTED AGAINST FIRE.

Chief Michael H. Dunn, who lately succeeded Chief Applegate as head of the fire department of Hoboken, N. J., is following in the footsteps of his predecessor in keeping the department up to the topnotch in efficiency, as is shown from the fact that, whereas there were 223 alarms, of which eleven were false, during the past year—twenty-seven more than in 1905-06, 208 were confined to the place of origin, only two extended to the floors above and only two to adjoining buildings. Another evidence of good work is found in the small amount of loss. The total amount of property involved where fires occurred was $1,814,500 insured for $823,550 the damage done amounted only to $31,599-98 on the insured property and $2,782 on the uninsured making a total loss of $34,381.68an average of $162.13 per actual fire. Of these actual fires ninetyfour occurred in brick buildings; eighty-three, in frame; thirty-five being other than building Of the seventy-six firemen, all full paid, eight distinguished by meritorious acts of bravery, two firemen, Benjamin Kinsey, of engine com pany No. 3, and Simon Donohue, of engine company No. 4, on two occasions. There were also Assistant Chief Fenton, Foreman William F. Fenton, truck company No. 2, and Ladderman James F. Dunn, of truck company No. 2. who, also, showed his bravery on two occa sions. The apparatus consists of five secondclass steam fire engines, one double-tank, fogal. chemical engine, two aerial turntable trucks and twelve 3-gal. chemical extinguish ers, 7,200 ft. of firstclass 2½ in. rubber hose and 200 of chemical. Twenty-five horses are in service, and the Gamewell fire-alarm telegraph has been installed, with fifty-four boxes. Chief Dunn recommends the purchase of a first-size steam fire engine, the installation of a storage battery, the division of fire-alarm circuit No. 2, the purchase of two combination chemical and hose wagons, two life-nets: five hose-jackets, a turret-pipe, one additional firealarm box, a gauge for measuring the water pressure, I.ooo ft. of 2-in. hose. He also recommends that a map should be made of the fire-alarm circuit; that the automobile garages be properly regulated, and that an ordinance he passed compelling those who store inflammable oils or explosives in cellars to equip these cellars with perforated pipes or sprinklers terminating outside of the wall of the building just above the water, with siainese connections.

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