MASSACHUSETTS FIRE NOTES
[Specially written for FIRE AND WATER.]
Eighty years ago the fire department of Brookline. Mass., consisted of one handtub and one small engine house. On November 29, the eightieth anniversary of the organization of the department, it consisted of two steam fire engines, two chemical engines on wheels, five hose wagons, two hose reels, two hook and ladder trucks, combination hose wagon and chemical, 9,000 feet of good cotton hose, twenty-one horses, value, $3,500, seventy one men—fifteen paid full time, fifty-six part time, forty-eight call men, Gamewell fire alarm, with thirty-seven street boxes, all under Chief George H. Johnson. The total value of the fire department equipment is $15,000; its annual expenses amount to $32,000.—Turner’s Falls. Mass., is being equipped with an electric fire alarm telegraph system.—Supt. Abbott, of the Boston protective department, records for the month of October ninety bell alarms, twenty-eight still, seven automatic, and twelve put out by the occupants. The members of the department performed eighty-three hours fire duty, 133 hours watch duty, seventeen hours extra duty; 172 ordinary covers were spread and fourteen roof covers. The insurance involved on buildings during the month was $1,014,540, with loss of $23 512; loss on buildings not insured, $909; insurance on contents, $197,665; loss on contents, $10,068; loss on contents not insured, $1,288; total insurance, $1.212,205—total loss, $35,777. Of the total number of fires eighteen were caused by careless use of matches; sixteen from gas jets curtains, stoves, and explosion, twentytwo kerosene lamps,stoves, and explosions; eleven from sparks and spontaneous combustion; eight unknown, and thirteen alarms were needless.—The Boston Merchants’ Association has requested its 500 members to petition the fire insurance Co npanies through the brokers for a reduction in rates. A combination chemical and hook and ladder truck has been added to the Worcester fire department. The truck was constructed from plans designed by Chief Vaughn. The chemical arrangement is so out the way that it will not interfere with the work of the laddermen.