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.