MANCHESTER, N. H.
Chief Lane of the fire department reports that no fire has occurred during the year requiring the entire department to cope with it successfully and only twice has second alarm been needed. There have been sixty-five bell alarms, seventy-one stills, a total of 136, the larges number ever reached in a single year. The chief recommends a number of improvements at the several stations. He calls attention sharply to the fact that the committee who have the purchasing of the department’s horses buy animals without first seeing if they are fit for the work, and observes that the city has paid pretty good prices for some pretty poor horses. He says the fire alarm telegraph has rendered efficient service. There have been more calls on the Firemen’s Relief Association tills past year than ever before. There is now $3,553.33 in the treasury. He remarks that the city council should do something for the relief of the call members who are injured on duty. He wants a double-tank chemical put in station No. 3, West Side, and more ladder service, particularly in the north and northeastern parts of the city. Value of property endangered in the vear, $390,673.63; insurance on ft, $313,511.35; aggregate losses, $43,581.15; amount of insurance paid on losses, $31,313.71; net loss not covered by insurance, $11,368.44.