JERSEY CITY, N. J.
The report of the Jersey City fire department shows that under the command of Chief John Conway the conduct and discipline of the department are all that could be desired, and that the apparatus is in first-class condition— a matter of especial pride to all concerned. The manual force is as follows: Chief engineer, assistant chief, 2 battalion chiefs, superintendent of telegraphs, superintendent of horses, 4 telegraph line men, 18 foremen of companies, 18 engineers and stokers, 18 drivers of engines and tenders, 5 drivers of hook and ladder trucks, 5 tillermenof trucks, 14 permanent hosemen, 10 permanent truckmen, 83 hosemen at call, 29 truckmen at call. There are in service 12 steam fire engines, 6 one-horse hose wagons, each with a one-horse tender, 2 two-horse double-truck chemical engines, 5 hook and ladder trucks (1 aerial), 3 officer’s wagons, 1 supply wagon, 1 telegraph wagon, and 3 coal supply wagons, and 63 horses. The fire alarm telegraph consists of 840 poles, 65 miles of wire (the iron being rapidly replaced by copper wire), 330 cells of battery, 19 engine gongs, 7 engineer’s gongs, 2 four-circuit repeaters, 1 ten-circuit repeater and transmitter, 1 ten circuit hand repeater and switch board, 10 galvanometers, 4 bell tower with bells and striking apparatus, 111 fire alarm boxes, 1 telegraph wagon. During the year there were 367 alarms of fire—a decrease of 16 over thoseof 1893. The total fire loss was$5,829.30; the insurance placed on loss, $1,332,561; amount of insurance paid on loss, $517,060. The appropriations for the department were $168,287.79. from fees, etc., accrued. $434.36—Total $168,727.15; disbursements, $164,969.13. Chief Conway begs for the department to be put on a permanent basis. With call men however good—and those of Jersey City are of the best material and second to none—fires in their incipiency cannot always be handled as quickly as they should be, and it is just then that the services of the call men—who are only required to answer to the bell—are most needed.