NEW ORLEANS FIRE FIGURES.
The fire department of the city of New Orleans is gradually obtaining a personnel and equipment second to none in the country in any municipality of equal size. The personnel is gaining, through a practical civil service requirement, which compels intelligence and physical ability, and the stature of the men is gaining, all because of a civil-service requirement. In the matter of equipment, the report of Chief Thomas O’Connor discloses that there is quite a sufficiency of apparatus, except for the newer territory growing in the entire rear of the city, and this is soon to be furnished with water-service and the necessary apparatus. Within the forthcoming year the department will be supplied with a new and modern style of fireplug, in addition to clear water, and there will be sufficient pressure in the remotest parts of the city. In the housing of the members of the lire department, the citv council, appreciative of the splendid service of the city’s firefighters, is building modern enginehouses, with all that conduces to the better comfort of the men. There has been a great improvement in the hygiene of all the houses, and there is a regular drill, through which men are put to keep them in trim. The board of fire commissioners has been handling the appropriations made by the city council to such good purpose that there is no difficulty about getting money when needed. Only recently, on its own initiative, at the suggestion of the mayor, the council offered an ordinance providing for the installation of hydrants in an entire section newly built in the rear of the Third ward. This fumj will cause no draft upon the revenues of the board. There is a reserve fund item in the budget. which keeps the department in apparatus and hose. The members of the board arc harmonious, and have been securing results eminently satisfactory to those depending upon that branch of the public service for protection. The present organisation consists of twenty-seven steam engine companies, with hose carts; thirteen chemical engine companies; one aerial truck company; seven hook and ladder companies; one hose company; and one water tow^er; 347 officers and men. An increase in the numerical strength of the department of eighteen additional men has enabled the several engine and hook and ladder companies to be increased to the proper standard, and all chemical engine companies to be provided with four men. By this action the eflfi ciency of the force has been improved. An increase of three assistant engineers to the staff officers during the year has added greatly to the betterment of the service.