Long Branch Has a Good Year.
Former Fire Chief C. P. Soffel of Long Branch, N. J., has filed his report with City Council. There are 173 men in the department, fifteen of whom are paid. During the year 1910 there were 59 fires. The loss is estimated, at a little over $20,000, this loss being covered by insurance aggregating $48,540. Chief Soffel appreciates the efforts made by the members of the department in responding promptly and giving him their hearty co-operation. The following is a list of men in service of the Oceanic Engine and Truck Co., 97 inen; Independent Engine and Truck Co.. 100 men; Neptune Hose Co., 40 men; West End Engine Co., 66 men; Phil Daly Hose Co.. 40 men : Elberon Engine Co., 36 men; Oliver Doud Byron Engine Co., 60 men: Branchport Hose Co., 40 men. making a total of 473 tnen in service. Of these 15 are paid and 458 volunteer their services. The apparatus of the department consists of the following in active service: Three steam fire engines: one three-horse truck combination and chemical with two 35-gallon tanks and 900 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose; five two-horse hose wagons and one one-horse wagon, all equipped with hand extinguishers with a capacity of 900 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose: two two-horse hook and ladder trucks, all equipped with the latest improvements; one twohorse double 80-gallon tank chemical engine; one one-horse supply wagon for chemical engine. There are eight tire stations. 36 Gamewell boxes, 23 horses and 6,350 feet of fire hose.