PORTLAND. ORE.

PORTLAND. ORE.

The fire department of Portland, Ore., consists of a chief engineer, Jos. Buchtel, an assistant chief, two district engineers, one secretary, one superiutendent of fire alarm telegraphs, one fire alarm repair man, one supply driver, fifty-six men to man seven steam fire engines, twenty-three men to man four hose companies, nine men to man three chemical engines, and fifty men for five hook and ladder truck companies. It has fifty-nine horses in use, with three steam fire engines and one hose wagon in reserve. The paid department is supplemented by five volunteer Companies, with five reels and 3,600 feet of hose among them. There have been added to the equipment of the department during the last year: One Champion chemical engine double, sixty gallon; twelve hose protectors; three Bangor ladders, fifty and fifty-five feet extension; four full sets of iron door openers and life ropes; five headlights for chief and assistants; seventy Waterous hydrants; 1,000 feet of Paragon cotton hose; 2,000 feet of White Anchor rubber hose; two “Bresnan” distributing nozzles; one hose tester and hydrant guage; seven alarm boxes. The chemical engines alone extinguished about ninety per cent, of all the fires, thus avoiding damage to buildings and contents from the use of water. Of the 277 alarms (forty-one more than in the year preceding) only 140 were for fires occasioning any loss of consequence. The total lossss were $889,528.94; total insurances$l,283.937.86. Of these losses $707,346,represents the burning of an East side elevator, which the department could not touch, owing to there being no hydrants or other water supply within reach. Otherwise Chief Buchtel and his able assistants would have given as good an account of themselves as they always do when not handicapped by insuperable difficulties.

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