ROCKFORD, ILL. FIRE DEPARTMENT

ROCKFORD, ILL. FIRE DEPARTMENT

Fire Marshal Heffran of Rockford, Ill., in submitting his fifth annual report of the fire department of that city (the fifteenth of the paid fire department), makes a very favorable showing. The four stations are all in good order and the apparatus also. It consists of 3 steam fire engines in first-class shape;1 aerial hook and ladder truck; 1 small hook and ladder truck; 5 hose wagons; 7 Babcock extinguishers; four 3-gallon extinguishers, with 24 Babcock charges; 3,600 feet of firstclass fire hose and 650 feet of second-class, with 18 horses. There arc 41 Gamewell fire alarm boxes (an increase of 6 during the year),with about 32 miles of wire all in good condition. There were 125 alarms of fire(none due to rats or mice, or children playing with matches); 60,750 feet of hose were laid; 126 streams of water were thrown; chemicals used, 84; number of leads of hose, 156, miles traveled, 1,241; insurance carried, $758,7110; loss, $170,719.85; insurance paid,$169,740,35; loss, no insurance, $969,50; value of property at risk, $963,400; fire-area, 600 acres. The personnel of the department consists of 25 men, all paid.

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