OCALA FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Ocala, Fla., although a small city, chiefly built of wood and with a population of only about 4,000 souls, has a very good fire department, which, under its present chief, A. J. Brigance, has shown a rapid advance in efficiency. Chief Brigance, who is instituting improvements in his department, is determined not to fall behind in any respect, and the verdict of those experienced in the fire service is, that he is the right man in the right place, a go-ahead and intelligent fireman, and as thorough a disciplinarian as he is scrupulously fair in his dealings with his men. Any stranger visiting his lire station, which is one of the sights of Ocala, 1at once struck with the perfect order displayed in all its arrangements, the well-kept equipment and the equally well-groomed and welltrained horses. Extreme cleanliness rules throughout, and the men are well set up, prompt in answering calls, systematic in their methods of firelighting, and, like their chief, utterly fearless in the face of danger. One conspicuous feature in the lire service of Ocala is the complete harmony that obtains between the paid and the volunteer departments. The latter never loses sight of the fact that it is an auxiliary force, while the paid men never attempt to boss their volunteer brethren. Hence, the city is always sure of unity of action on both sides, when the necessity arises something that, in every respect, makes for the safety of the lives and property of the citizens, and without the least disparagement to t lie labors of others in the same direction, it may he said with the most perfect confidence that never before was the lire department in both its branches better prepared to do its work in firstclass style That such a report can be made is an honor to any department, and one that should.be a matter of congratulation both to Ocala and Chief Brigance.