Savannah Fire Department.
The Savannah, Ga., fire department has just had completed one of the most up-to-date and modern firehouses in the South, the cost of which exceeded $20,000. The new station is known as No. 7 and is located in the most southeastern part of the city, where such a station was badly needed. The erection of this house had been recommended by Chief Thomas Ballantyne, who also supervised its erection. The complement of the station con sists of an engine, hose wagon and combina tion truck, with 8 men. Foreman J. O’Lean being one of the best firefighters in the ser vice. Savannah can really be proud of it fire department, which, many hold, stands sec ond to none in the South. The departmen now consists of 7 up-to-date and modern fire houses, with the following apparatus: Engines 8, of which seven are in service and one ii reserve: chemical engine, with two 85-gal tanks; hose wagons, 5, of which three are ii service and two in reserve; combinatioi wagons in service, 4; aerial truck; hook am ladder: combination truck in service. In re serve is a hose reel. The department has or dered a fine up-to-date 75 ft. aerial truck fron the American-La France company, whicl should be in service bv April 15. One of thi combination wagons in service was recentl; purchased from the Seagrave company, of Co lumbus, Ohio, and is certainly one of the bes wagons of its kind to be found anywhere This wagon is another instance of the fore thought of Chief Ballantyne, who designate! its make-up. The department now has ninety eight paid firemen, of whom ten were added March 1, to take charge of the new apparatus Chief Ballantyne has improved the depart ment wonderfully since he was elected chief a little over two years ago. He has prove! a credit to the city which elected him an! shown his worth in handling any and all fire which have occurred. He has thus lowere! the fire insurance and put Savannah in the col umn a* a firstclass risk. Assistant Chief J. J Connolly is a firefighter of over forty years experience and was one of the first voluntee firemen the city had. As a leader of fire fighters, he is a wonder, and the departmen is justly proud of him.