New Orleans Fire Department.
During the last year material progress in the organization of the New Orleans. La., fire protection service of the city has been made, and it is now better able to cope with a serious conflagration than ever before in the history of the city. During the year the department responded to 647 alarms of fire, says Chief Louis Jujol, “of which 606 were actual fires, 19 were unnecessary alarms and 22 were false alarms. Of the above fires and alarms 597 were confined to the building or place of origin, 20 extended to adjoining buildings and 22 extended beyond adjoining buildings; 527 were in frame buildings, 89 were in brick buildings, and 31 were in other than buildings. The total estimated loss for the year was $660,414. and the amount of insurance involved was $3,822,453. The. department has purchased one auto hose wagon and one city service hook and ladder truck. They have had rebuilt two first-class steam fire engines. Contract has been given for three new auto hose wagons, capable of carrying 1,200 feet of 2½inch hose and 300 feet of 3/4-inch chemical engine hose. Within a short time there will be added to the department force the following companies for which quarters have been erected as follows: Auto hose company at Laurel and Upperline streets, manned by seven men; auto hose company at Ereret and Upperline streets, manned by seven men; auto hose company at Louisiana avenue, near Liberty; manned by seven men; hook and ladder truck company at Louisiana avenue, near Liberty, manned by seven men ; hook and ladder company, Carrollton avenue and Moss street, manned by seven men; this will give an addition to the present force of five companies and thirty-five men. New engine houses were established in Laurel and Upperline streets, Freret and Upperline streets. Louisiana avenue near Liberty street. Carrollton avenue, near Moss, nearing completion, Alexander and Iberville streets, to replace old quarters. Flans and specifications are to lie soon drawn for the new Central Station to be located on Decatur street.