MASSILLON, O., FIRE DEPARTMENT
Fire Chief Andrew Burkle’s annual report of the fire department of Massillon, O., was as follows: Fifty-eight alarms were answered during the year 1895. The loss by fire in the city was considerably less than for six years past. The total loss during the year is estimated at $4,541.85, the insurance at $3,348.85—the net loss being $1,193. The number of fires has increased over 1894, yet but $471 has been paid for volunteer service in 1895, and 1894 the same service created an expense of $1,305.60 from but 54 fires. This is $834 more than the amount expended at 58 fires in 1895. The decreased exjiense is attributed to the introduction of the still alarm system, the new hook and ladder truck, general improvements and prompt action by the paid department, whose membership is 85, with 3 paid full time, the rest being volunteers. The fire area of Massillon isi 1-2 miles square. The apparatus consists of 1 steam and 1 hand fire engine, neither of which is in use; 1 hook and ladder truck, 6 carriages, all kinds, 2.000 feet good rubber hose, 800 feet of inferior, 1,000 feet of good cotton hose, [00 feet of inferior. The Gamewell fire alarm is installed, with 21 street boxes. There are 248 hydrants, fire pressure, 125 pounds; water supply, gravity and pumping to standpipe.