INSPECTION OF ALLIANCE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
On New Year’s Day the annual public house inspection of the fire department of Alliance, Ohio, took place and was witnessed by a large number of the citizens, who inspected the fire alarm system, quarters and apparatus room, the fire apparatus, stables, horses, hose, patrol and ambulance, and the like. After the public inspection was over Chief Aungst inspected the men under Captain Arthur Aungst, all of whom presented a very fine appearance, and showed that a most excellent system of discipline prevailed, and that Alliance, so far as her fire department is concerned, can hold her own with any city of her size. Exhibition hitches were made, the results showing that in nearly every instance all previous records of the department were lowered. The time was taken for all the hitches with a stopwatch, from the first tap of the gong till the driver was on the seat and the front doors tripped. The first exhibition was a hitch made in answer to an alarm by two men and ready to go in ten seconds— the same as the year before. Horses in stalls ran thirty-two feet to collar; hitch made by one man. mounting the seat and ready to go, by Captain A. Aungst in fourteen seconds—last year, in eighteen and one-quarter seconds. Other hitches of the accustomed sort were made in very rapid fashion, the last test being with horses in their stalls and men in their bunks in nine and one-half seconds, as against twelve seconds the year before. The following is a comparison of the department in 1893 and 1903: Equipment January 1, 1893—One light wagon; one horse; 1,000 feet unreliable hose. Equipment January 1, 1903—Fire alarm and telegraph system—Thirty-five street fire alarm boxes: eleven private fire alarm boxes; one fire alarm Switchboard; twelve miles of copper wire, on four circuits; sixty-two cells battery. Apparatus and horses—One chief’s wagon; one combination chemical engine and hose wagon, fully equipped; one reserve hose wagon equipped; one police patrol and ambulance; 3,000 feet of good hose: