[Specially written for FIRE AND WATER.]
The fire commissioners of Newark have just raised the salaries of several of the officers and those of the fire alarm telegraph operators and linemen. Chief Kiersted, Assistant Chief Astley, Superintendent Bosch (telegraph system), and Clerk Brown, each received an addition of $100 a year; the pay of the battalion chiefs was fixed at $1,400 each, or $200 more than they received as captains. The pay of the telegraph linemen was increased from $90 to $100 per month and that of the three headquarters operators at from $50 to $60 per month. Newarkers are not stingy over their fire department and they certainly should not be, since Chief Kiersted and his men fight fires promptly, bravely, and intelligently.—The city had no very great or uncontrolable fires last year, and though the firemen, of course, met with some accidents none were serious.—A check for $100 was sent by Mrs. Charles Bradley as an acknowledgment of the good work done at a fire in her house on James street. Many other such acknowledgments of less value were received at Christmas.—The number of first alarms during 1897 was 412, of which engine company No. 7 attended the most and engine company No 13 the least—only seven. Of the four truck companies No. 3 turned out the oftenest. —138 times—and No. 4 the most seldom—sixty-three times. Box 426 sent in the first alarm for the new year. — It is to be hoped that an attempt to induce the State legislature to increase the yearly allowance of the fire department may be successful.