Pacific Coast Departments.
The Underwriter furnishes the following changes in fire departments :
The Fire Department is composed of 87 men, 12 paid and 75 volunteer, the volunteer men receive 75 cents per hour ; also paid 65 cents for false alarms ; 3 chemical engines ; two hook and ladder companies ; 5 hose companies, and 6,600 feet good hose, 3,000 feet held in reserve. The water is supplied from mountain streams to 4 reservoirs, one of which is kept in reserve, with 3 pumping stations of a total capacity of 4,000,000 gallons ; the mains in principal streets are 20, 18, 16, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5 and 4 inch, with average pressure of 20 to 130 lbs. Hydrants are inspected bi-monthly. Gausewell Fire Alarm system of 33 stations is in operation.
Eire Department is composed of 44 men, volunteers, one hand engine, one hook and ladder company, three hose companies and 3,300 feet good hose. The water is supplied from artesian wells to two tanks of a total capacity of 70,000 gallons and one cistern of a capacity of 5,000 gallons; the mains are 8, 6, 5 and4 inch, with gravity pressure of 30 lbs.; Holly 50 to 100 lbs.; he hydrants are inspected monthly.
Eire Department has 26 volunteer men, one hand engine, one hose company, and 1,150 feet of rubber and cotton hose. Water supplied from well supplied by seepage from Copper (.’reek, and pumped into one reservoir of 425,000 gallon capacity, and three cisterns; size of mains are 8, 6 and 4 inch, with 70 pounds pressure.
F ire Department has 65 volunteer men, one hand engine, one hook and ladder company, two hose companies, and 1,350 feet cotton and rubber hose. Water is supplied by pumps into street mains of eight, six, four and three inch with domestic pressure of 45 pounds, fire too pounds, cisterns are only used when hand engine is run out and are consequently neglected. Building laws and fire limits.
The Eire Department has 27 volunteer men, one hose company and 1,000 feet good cotton hose. Water is supplied to three reservoirs, of a total capacity of 8,717,000 gallons from springs by gravity system, and distributed through six, five and four inch mains, with 75 to no pounds pressure; the hydrants are regularly inspected.
Eire Department has 128 volunteer men, one hand engine, one hook and ladder company, four hose companies, and 2 650 feet good hose. The water is supplied from wells filled by seepage from the Williamette river and pumped into one reservoir of 350,000 gallons, and six cisterns with eight, six, four and three inch mains, with average pressure of So pounds. Eire limits, building laws.
The record made during the year 1893 by two of the companies of the fire department of this city, an engine company responding to 409 alarms for fire and performing duty at 127 fires, and a hook and ladder company responding to 500 alarms for fire, and performing duty at 259 fires, is undoubtedly without precedent in any fire department in this or any other country.