In Frederick May, New Bedford, Mass., possesses an exceptionally zealous chief engineer, whose powers of administration are evidenced in the report of the fire department of the city for the past year, during which the losses by fire, amounting to $28,481.98, have been less than for many years since 1890, owing, in a great measure, to the discipline Chief May maintains and the care he exercises over the maintenance of the equipment of the department. The force consists of 228 men, of whom thirtytwo are permanently employed, and 190 are call men. They mau nine steam fire engines (seven in commission), one hand engine,one two and one four-wheeled hose-reels, seven hose wagons, two Hayes aerial ladder trucks, one Ityan truck, nine exercise and coal wagons, and one telegraph wagon. The department owns thirty-five horses, 15,000 feet of two and a half inch of cotton rubber lined hose, 607 hydrants (twenty-two added during the year), and is well equipped with fire alarm boxes, gongs, strikers, etc. The protective department, under the direction of Mr. Charles S. Kelley, has rendered efficient service. The expenditures have been $68,604.85. Chief May, who is a strong advocate of chemical engines, urges the purchase of three combination chemical and hose wagons.