SACRAMENTO, CAL., FIRE DEPARTMENT.
To maintain the fire department of Sacramento,Cal., during the past year has cost $31,989.80, of which $26,450 was expended on salaries paid to the uniformed permanent men ,consisting of one chief engineer one assistant, one superintendent of fire alarms, three engineers, eight drivers, and two tillermen, and call men, consisting of three foremen of engine companies, with three assistants, one foreman of hook and ladder company, twenty-four hosemen, and five hook and laddermen. There are in service three Amoskeag engines, two hose wagons, one hose cart, one Hayes hook and ladder extension truck—second-class, one Kimball hook and ladder truck, and one buggy for chief. In reserve are one Clapp and Jones engine—second-class, three hose carts, and one buggy for chief. Of hose there are 6,200 feet cotton rubber-lined, of which 4,900 is in first-class condition and 1,300 in secondclass condition. The department owns sixteen horses. The total number of box alarms was eighty-seven: of telephone calls, twenty-four; of stills, one. The total amount of insurance involved in fires was $243,785; total loss on buildings, $25,871; total insurance paid on buildings, $20,485.67; total loss paid on personal, $8,933.72. Chief Guthrie calls the attention of the board of city trustees to the danger of wires supported by poles, which often renders it Impossible for the firemen to raise the ladders on account of the number of wires running in front of buildings.