Increased efficiency at Brandon.
In the annual report of the chief of the Brandon, Canada, fire department, there is much evidence of the increased efficiency of that important branch of the city’s government. Chief John Melhuish who is generally recognized throughout western Canada as one of the most capable of firefighters has since he became head of the department. surrounded himself with a body of men which will compare favorably with those of any fire department in Canada, not alone in cities of Brandon’s size, but in the large centers. That the department has a big task in its work of protecting life and property will be apparent when it is understood that the fire area of Brandon is nearly 6,000 acres. During the last year the total fire loss in the city, not including the asylum fire, over which the department had no control, was only $19,385, which is a remarkable record in a town with a population of about 14,000. The losses in 1909 were $95,242. The department now is composed of 15 permanent officers and 6 call men. During the past year there were 105 alarms. 61 by telephone and 44 from street boxes. The fires attended were in 38 instances in wood buildings, 29 fires were in brick and stone structures. 12 in outbuildings, cars, rubbish and burning grass and 26 of the calls were to chimney fires. Probably the most important matter to which the report refers is the building of the new fire hall for which the council has already received the sanction of the people. Chief Melhuish favors the purchasing of an automobile fire apparatus.