LONDON, ONT., FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Chief Roe, of the London, Ont., fire department is to be congratulated on his report for the past year. The total number of alarms received was 128. Compared with 1895, these figures show a decrease of thirty-seven alarms. There is also a decrease in the total losses of $63,374.48, and the insurance and value of the property at stake was $65,860 and $167,025 respectively, less than the previous year; In 1897 the figures were: Loss on buildings—$6,101.95; on contents, $10,729.64; — total $16,831.59. The following distances were traveled by the apparatus and men in attendance at fires; No. 1 station, 128 1-8 miles; N0.2 station, 209 3-4 miles, am] No. 3 station, 194 1-4 miles. No. 1 company laid 17,000 feet of hose and used forty-five streams; No. 2 company. 5,000 fee of hose and twelve streams; No. 3, 8,450 feet and nineteen streams; 1,384 feet of ladders were used. The quantity of water used was approximately 320,000 gallons. Eleven charges of chemicals were used (sixty gallons). Insurance on buildings, $385,020, contents, $339,430; total, $624,450. Chief Roe uiges the pur chase of new fire alarm boxes and calls attention to the need of burying the telegraph, telephone, electric light, and tiolley wires with which the streets in the centre of the city arc incumbered. thereby handicapping the fire department in case of a fire and endangering the lives of those who live or work in these buildings. Excluding the amount for hydrant services, $8,975, the net expend’ture on account of the fire department was $13,944, which was $t,io6 less than the estimate. The value of the equipment Of the fire department, exclusive of land and buildings, is estimated at $18,000. Chief Roe states in his report that “ both officers and mat have shown a commendable spirit of emulation in the discharge of their duties.” Of Chief Roe himself it may safely Iresald that in him London possesses an able chief, thoroughly up-to-date, and a man who knows how to maintain economically, yet efcientlya first-class fire department.