Poor Policy at Providence.
Providence, R. I., has officially notified twenty-five men of its fire department that their services will be dispensed with at the end of this month n consequence of the lack of money for their maintenance. The force will thus be reduced from 318 to 293—a number considerably below the danger-line. Chief Stecre says that the order leaves him with not a sufficient number of men to handle the apparatus properly. At least six men are needed for cacti hose: eight for each steamer; and from six to eight for each truck. This cannot be done with the 25 men taken out of the department. There are twenty two hose companies, ten ladder companies and fourteen steamers. The hose and steamer companies alone call for 244 men. There is one chief, with four assistant chiefs. The superintendent of fire alarms has eight men working under him. All these are necessary.