THE ELMIRA, N. Y. FIRE DEPARTMENT.
The Elmira fire department is composed of 42 men all told under Chief Joseph A. Campbell, his officers being Assistant Chief William Y. Ellett, who is also superintendent of the fire alarm telegraph, and Captain Ezekiel Smith. There are 6 foremen,one being the department plumber, 3 call, and 4regular engineers, 10 drivers, and 26 hose and ladder men. There are 15 horses in the department, 1 chemical company, I hook and ladder company, 3 steamer and hose companies. The chemical engine is a double tank (80 gallons each); the steam engines arc 3 fourth-class La France, 2 second-class, and 1 third class held in reserve. The hook and ladder truck is a Hayes (65-foot extension). Of hose the department has 7.450 feet in good condition; 1,000 feet medium; and 950 feet unfit for fire purposes. The water is direct pumping and gravity. The gravity pressure in the business centre is 40 pounds; when pumping through mains, 55 pounds. There are 326 hydrants now in use, of which two are old Morris and Fasker.
The capacity of the reservoir is 113,000,000 gallons, the water being distributed through 44 miles 3,083 feet of mains, of which 37 miles, 2,365 feet is iron and 7 miles, 718 feet, wood. During the year 1895 there were 166 alarms—an increase of 51 over those of 1894, The total insurance on buildings and contents was $502,455; the total loss being $64,142.59—total insurance above loss, $438,312.43. The discipline of the department during the year has been excellent, and the men were never found wanting whenever they had an opportunity (and they had several) of showing their courage. The report is gotten up in elegant shape, and reflects the greatest credit on Chief Campbell—as, indeed, does the whole department.