Sensible Recommendations.

Sensible Recommendations.

The Chief of the Toledo, O., Fire Department in his annual report presents some recommendations which are worthy of careful consideration. “During the past year,” he says, “I have seen a large amount of property burn in upper stories of buildings for want of ladders long enough to reach the windows and apply the water direct to the fires. It is safe to say, from my own observation, that 5 or 10 per cent of the losses by fires during the year might have been saved had the city had such a ladder apparatus as was needed.”

The amount of property destroyed in that city during the year was $163,998.63; the amount of insurance paid on the same was $144,888.58, leaving a loss over insurance of $19,110.05, The Mayor in his message to the City Council refers to the report of the Chief of the Fire Department as follows:

‘ While we should use strict economy in the administration of this as well as other departments of the city government, it will not do to so diminish its efficiency that the rates of insurance will be increased. Nothing would be easier than to diminish the cost of the Department by dismissing one engine and hose company, but in so doing the rates of insurance might be increased 10 or 20 cents on the hundred dollars, bv which the tax-payers would be compelled to pay a greater sum for insurance than the whole Department now costs. That this question is one of vital consequence in the economy of the city, may be appreciated from the fact that our fire risks, on which we pay premiums for protection to insurance companies, are greater than the whole valuation of the city as represented for taxation.”

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