NEW BEDFORD’S FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Chief Macy has been nearly twenty-five years at the head of the fire department of New Bedford, Mass. In his twenty-fourth annual report he speaks of the department as being in “most excellent condition” while the fire loss last year was the smallest of any year since 1890, although the number of fires and alarms (192) was greater than ever before. The alarms, however,were turned in quickly and answered as promptly by the firemen, of whose intelligent interest in the work and their excellent performance of it Chief Macy cannot speak too highly. The number of non-interfer itig tire alarm boxes is being increased every year, and it is hoped that all will soon be of that type. The protective department was kept busy during the year and saved many thousand dollars to the insurance companics and Individuals. The losses amounted to $18,781,61 ; Insurance at risk, $155,450. Very good progress was made during the year in placing the alarm wires underground. There were put In 19,927 feet, which, with that put In in 1898 and 1899, makes a total of 86,104 feet. Chief Macy hopes during the coming year to be able to do as much in that line as In 1900. He will then have the wires In the centre of the city where they belong.