The Fire Department of Paducah.
At Paducah, Ky., the fire department, of which James J. Wood is chief, has been established 21 years as a paid organisation, and Chief Wood has held his position at its head for thirteen years. In addition to looking after the fire protection proper of the city, the department is also charged with the inspection of the buildings in the city and its electric lighting. The latter is under the immediate care of W . J. MacPherson as electrical inspector. During 1908 the depart ment answered 146 alarms of tire, of which five were false. The losses and insurances were as follows: On buildings, $25,455, out of a total insurance of $146,450; losS on contents, $24,235 out of a total insurance of $150,700; total loss on buildings not insured, $3,457.65; on contents not insured, $3,100.10; on total loss on other than buildings. Total insurance loss $49,690 out of a total insurance of $297,150; total uninsured loss, $7,057.75; total loss, $56,747.75. The apparatus is as follows: Combination chemical and hose wagons—2-horse, 3; city service hook and ladder and chemical combination; 65 ft. Seagrave aerial hook and ladder truck; hose reels, 2; sup ply wagon; steamer; fire-alarm wagon; chief’s buggy; hose in service, good cotton, 29,000 ft.; cotton, fair, 3,700 ft. cotton, bad, 400 ft—33,100 ft.; horses, 9. The firefighting force consists of the following: Chief; assistant chief, Jacob Elliott; electrical inspector; captains, 3; engineer; drivers, 6; stoker and driver; pipemen, 11 ; laddermen, 5. There are, besides, on the strength of the department a veterinary and a superintendent of the department’s farm. The farm has proved a great saving in the way of feed for the fire horses—corn enough to serve for the whole year and 10 tons of hay. About 100 acres will be cultivated during the coming year. The real estate of the department is estimated at $22,000; the equipment at $47.262.75—total, $69,262.75. During the year the department traveled 271 miles; worked 291 hours; laid 44,547 ft. of hose; used 1,630 gal. of chemical; raised 2,556 ft. of ladder. Of the fires 131 were in frame buildings; 25, in brick structures; 3, in box cars; 1, in tent; 3, in railway trestles; 1, in an old tree; 4, in sawdust pits. The Gamewel! fire alarm system is installed, with thirty-eight boxes and one residence gong. Chief Wood makes the following recommendations: The purchase of 4,000 ft. of hose during this year; the addition of six boxes to the fire alarm system in the outlying districts—needed all the more, now that these have no means of sending in any alarm of fire, owing to the city being in litigation with the telephone company; additional fireplugs; a new central headquarters fire station. The water supply is always adequate, whenever a fire breaks out. The water company has installed new pumps and taken out dead ends, thereby making better circulation and gives better pressure for fire protection. The number of fireplugs set is 438.
W. T. Craswell is again chief of the Valley City, N. Dak., fire department,