MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.

Chief A. Runge of the fire department of Minneapolis, Minn., estimates the fire loss for 1894 at $990,284.15.showing a decrease over the preceding year. The total number of alarms was 1,074, showing an increase of 279. The number of fires over $10,000 was nine, of which one, the Sbevelin-Carpenter lumber yard, was so threatening as to require the services of four extra companies from St. Paul, the full force of Minneapolis and every available foot of hose in the department having had to be employed, The loss was $267,222.22 met by an insurance of $1,616,200, The apparatus consists of 19 steam fire engines in service with 3 in reserve, 11 hose wagons and 12 hose carriages ire service and 2 in reserve, 2 turn table trucks and four city trucks in service, 1 truck in reserve, 8 double and 2 single tanks, 1 chemical engine, 6 full wagons, 1 Hale 55foot water tower, 1 supply wagon, 20 exercising wagons, and bob-sleds, 5 chiefs, 1 fire marshal,1 veterinary surgeon buggies, and cutters, 2 fire alarms, and 2 horse shoeing wagons with 180 horses in service, 8,833 feet of 2 1-2 inch hose (16,862, first-class rubber, lined, 1,600, first-class rubber, 3,383, second-class cotton, 250, 31-4 inch cotton and rubber, 190, 3 1,2-inch and 5,850, 1-inch cotton and rubber chemical hose), 320 miles of fire alarm wire and poles, 170 miles underground wire, 1 tencircuit repeater, 770 cells of battery, 276 fire alarm boxes 29 large and 15 small boxes in service. There are laid in the city 1,163,370.2 feet (nearly 220 miles) of water mains of all sizes, of which 14 miles were laid last year. Of hydrants in use there are 2,678, of which 166 were set in 1894. The manual force is as follows: Chief, 2 assistants, fire marshal, superintendent, fire alarm telegraph, assistant ditto, master mechanics, veterinary surgeon, department secretary, assistant ditto, lineman, telegraph operator. 32 captains, 32 lieutenants, 90 pipemen, 43 laddermen and tillermen, 36 engineers and assistant engineers, 54 drivers,2 watchmen, 1 horseshoer. During the year the apparatus made in runs(both ways included) 18,938 1-2 miles, an average of 3441 1-3 to each apparatus. Engine companies stretched 856,400 feet of hose, or about 162 miles. The ‘ truck companies have raised 26,183 feet of ladders and discharged 445 charges of small chemicals. The chemical engines have discharged 713 charges from their tanks, making a total of 37,903 gallons of carbonic acid gas used during the year. Companies have averaged 9,895.34 hours each on duty at fires. Grand total hours, 9,9895.35. There were several heroic rescues from burning buildings, but then that is such a constant occurrence with the Minneapolis fire laddies as to go without saying. Chief Runge is doubtless as proud of his officers and men as the are of their chief.

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