NEWBURGH FIRE DEPARTMENT.
The fire department of Newburgh, N. Y., according to the report of Chief Nixon for the year ending May 31, 1896, consists, as to its manual force, of 507 members distributed as follows: I chief engineer with 3 assistants; 292 members of engine companies; 74 of hook and ladder companies; and 107 members of hose companies. These serve 4 steam fire engines; I hook and ladder truck; 4 four wheel engine tenders; 3 four-wheel duty carriages; I two-wheel duty cart; I four-wheel reserve duty carriage; 2 reserve hook and ladder trucks with extra hooks, ladders, etc.; besides 3 parade horse carriages and I extra four wheel parade carriage. The department has also 4,100 feet of good hose; 2,850 of ordinary; and 900 feet that are worthless. Chief Nixon asks the city council to buy 2,000 feet of new hose and a bail nozzle. The fire-losses of twelvemonths amounted to $17,884.63 for 31 fires—there were 8 false alarms. Chief Nixon’s force is not a mere parade lot; under his guidance the men do thoroughly good work. Of the firemen 10 are paid part of the time ; the rest being volunteers. The Gameweli fire alarm system is in use with 25 street boxes, 9 indicators, and 2 tappers.