SOME SAN FRANCISCO FIRE NOTES.
[Specially written for FIRE AND WATER.)
District Engineer John Willis, of the San Francisco fire department won the first Scannel medal for heroic conduct. It was presented him at a meeting of the fire commissioners.— Two new companies will probably be added to the city’s fire department.—Chief McAfee, of Baltimore, and Chief Joyner, of Atlanta, Ga., were greatly surprised at, and taken with the working of the water battery and improved water tower, the invention of Chief Sullivan of this city. Through a 2 1 -2-inch nozzle the battery stream was thrown over 200 feet, three engines being kept busy forcing the water through several lines of hose into the battery, which was carried on a two-wheel cart, the whole outfit not weighing over 11,000 pounds. It can be taken anywhere up hills into narrow streets and alleys where it would be impossible for the water tower to go. That four or five lines of hose could be attached to the battery which has a ball nozzie and a powerful 2-inch stream could be had was certainly one great solution of speedily checking a fire which the visiting chiefs did not dream of.—The total insurance on buildings and contents destroyed or partly destroyed by fire last year was $5,882,756.53. The total loss was $993,555.56, and the total insurance paid was $884,893.01.—Chief Sullivan among other things recommends thata light-draft, high-power fireboat with large pumping capacity be provided; that there should be a fully paid fire department; that keyless doors be provided for fire alarm boxes in the mercantile districts; that all wires, telephone and telegraph, be placed underground; that at least too cisterns be built with direct connection from the water mains, so that several engines could pump out of them, thereby bringing the engines closer to the fire and saving loss to hose through long leads.—Chief Sullivan’s report shows that in the harness-makers’ department a saving of about loo per cent, was shown in hose covers, blankets, and all other articles, caused by purchasing the material wholesale and making the articles instead of as formerly having the articles supplied even by the lowest bidder.