IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED AT SPRINGFIELD.
Springfield, Ohio, has a well-disciplined paid fire department, the value of whose property is set down at $146,275 and the cost of its maintenance for the past year at $51,639.54, of which $37,959.95 was paid for the salaries of the firemen and Chief Samuel F. Hunter. There were added to the equipment the following: One thousand two hundred ft. of 2 1/2-in rubber-lined hose; twenty-two fire-coats; loo ft. of 3/4-in. chemical hose; three non-interfering, fire-alarm boxes; twenty-eight hydrants set and thirty-four purchased. It is recommended that a new enginehouse be built in the south end of the city; that a fire-limits ordinance be passed and strictly enforced; that all electrical wires in the centre of the city be placed underground; that a service ladder truck and a third-size fire engine be purchased ; that the fire-alarm telegraph system be overhauled; and that ten more firemen be added to the force. Including the chief, the superintendents of machinery and fire-alarm telegraph and eight captains, the personnel consists of fortyone men, besides four relief firemen, who are housed in eight stations. The equipment is as follows: Steamers, four; chemical engine; twohorse hose wagons, six; hook and ladder trucks, two; combination chemical and hose wagon; hose, 11,100 ft., of which 1,850 ft. are defective— making good hose for service, 9,250 ft. There are 34 horses in service. The Gamewell fire-alarm telegraph is installed; hydrants are set, with a pressure of too lbs. The steamers are of the following types and sizes: First-size AmericanLa France; 3 second-size American-La France. There is, besides these, an old Silsbee fire engine in reserve. The chemical engine is equiped with two eighty-gal. chemical tanks and the aerial truck, with a 75-ft. aerial ladder and 150 ft. The number of alarms turned in during 1906 was 182, of which six were false. The runs made numbered 182, involving travel of 1,611 miles and thirty hours’ engine work. There were used at fires 1,760 ft. of ladders and 62,850 ft. of hose. Forty-four brick and stone buildings and 131 wooden structures were on fire, and there were ten grass fires. The estimated value of property at risk was $1,576,800; insurance involved, $888,000; estimated property loss, $37,500; insurance loss, $28,064.11; loss above insurance, $9,435.89. The showing is a very creditable one. During 1906, 1,717 buildings were inspected, of which 1,586 were free from combustibles, while combustibles were ordered out from 131. Two hundred and six days were devoted to inspection of hydrants. Chief Hunter is evidently one who believes in doing his work and seeing that others do theirs with thoroughness.