ROCHESTER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Since the late conflagration in Rochester, N. Y., the fire department nas increased its efficiency in a very substantial manner. New apparatus, hose and modern firefighting tools have been purchased, and now the fire service of Rochester is as well equipped as that of any other city of equal size in the country. For this excellent state of affairs credit must be given to Chief Charles Little and Fire Commissioner Gilman. Both of these gentlemen have labored hard and incessantly to bring the department to a high standard, and in that they have succeeded. A new headquarters for the department is being built at Central avenue, Front and Mill streets, in which will be accommodated the companies and officers now located at headquarters and the water tower company. An automatic Gamewell fire alarm system and a telephone system win also be installed. A double house has likewise been recently built near Hudson avenue to accommodate an engine company and a hook and ladder company now in commission; another new engine house has been erected; and the houses of two hose companies are to be remodeled to accommodate larger engines. F.ngine No. 10 is being rebuilt; larger hose wagons are being provided, with a capacity for 2,000 feet of two and one-halfinch hose. The department’s equipment has been greatly improved since January 1, 1902. There were at that time six second-class steamers, with a capacity of 700 gallons each and two cn the third-class, with a capacity of 600 gallons each (four of these engines being in poor condition). 1 here are now six first-class metropolitan engines, with a capacity of 900 gallons per minute, and two of the second-class engines have been rebuilt, and another is being similarly treated. A modern, quick-raising aerial truck will be purchased, and a quick-raising mechanism will be affixed to the two eighty-five-foot aerial ladders which are now in service. Two Champion water towers, with an extension height of sixty-five feet each, have also been added. In the business section of the city all the fire alarm telegraph wires and those of the police patrol will soon be put under ground. The manual force of the department has also been increased from 210 to 258. The new central fire headquarters (the cuts and the groundplans of which are here reproduced through the courtesy of the management of the Municipal News), will include a training tower and a department repair shop, which will be furnished with all the equipment necessary for the repair of the apparatus. The improvements have been costly—the expense of the whole, including $200,000 for the purchase of the headquarters site, and the building and the new fire alarm system having amounted to about $312,000. The money has been wisely appropriated and as wisely spent.