Michigan Fire News.
At Grand Rapids plans for the new fire station No. 1 have been approved by the board of police and fire commissioners and bids for the construction of the building are desired. The station will be built at the corner of Island and La Grave streets, will be two stories high, solid brick construction and practically fireproof. The roof will be held in place by five steel trusses. The first floor will be of cement and will accommodate seven pieces of apparatus—steamer, hose wagon, chemical wagon, water tower, truck and two chiefs buggies. The second floor will be devoted to the men’s dormitory, which will accommodate forty; a large clubroom and baths for the men. besides several offices. The cost of the building will be $30,000. Williamson and Crow, Grand Rapids, arc the architects. This building will replace the out of date No. 1 station now in use and will greatly improve fire protection in the business district. The board of education has authorized the purchase of twenty fire alarm boxes at $7.> each, to be placed near schools that, at the present time, have no boxes nearer than a short block. The board will buy these boxes and the fire department will maintain them.
At Ionia a new $.5,000 firehouse has been recently completed and turned over to the department. which gives it better quarters than it formerly had in the old city hall.