New Bedford Fire Department Report.
By the latest annual report of Chief E. F. Dahill, the fire department of New Bedford, Mass., is shown to have a membership of 72 men permanently employed, and 146 call men. There are 10 brick and one stone stations. The apparatus consists of 5 second size Amoskeag fire engines, 3 second size La France fire engines, 1 Webb auto engine, 6 hose wagons, 2 combination chemical and hose wagons, 3 “Dahill” aerial trucks, 1 combination truck, 2 automobile combination chemicals, 9 exercise and coal wagons, 2 fire alarm wagons, 1 automobile for repair department, 1 chief’s buggy, also in reserve, 1 Ryan truck, 2 hose wagons, 1 hand engine, 1 hose reel. There arc 40 horses in this department, mostly in good condition. Four of them should be replaced during the year. There are 9 sets for 3 horse hitches, 12 for 2 horse hitches and 4 single harnesses in good condition. There are 17,450 feet of 2½-inch cotton rubber lines hose, 16,450 feet in good condition and 1,000 feet fair, 7,000 feet has been condemned after tests during the year. Five thousand feet of new hose should he purchased at once. The cost of maintenance last year was $140,338, of which $95,800 went for salaries.
State Fire Marshal Ole Roe, of lowS, has named United States Marshal J. A. Tracey, of Sioux City, as his deputy.