The Greenville Fire Department.
Chief Riley J. Rowley makes a very urgent and most just appeal to the board of fire commissioners of Greenville, S. C., to increase the salaries in the fire department of the city, so that they shall be at least equal to those of the police, who are on duty for only twelve hours a day while the firemen have to put in twice as many hours every day. All he asks is that the pay of the first-year men be increased to $40 per month; second-year men to $50; third-year men to $60. Even when increased to the desired amounts such salaries, in the face of the advance in the price of living, are small enough. Chief Riley also asks for the immediate addition of one man to the personnel of the department, which at present is as follows: Chief; assistant chief; secretary and treasurer; foremen, two; drivers, three; firemen, seven. There are, besides, forty call men. An adequate fire-alarm system is also called for and a new fire station near the Southern passenger depot, a very thickly settled district, with no fire protection anywhere near. The department has more calls in that part of the city than in any other, so that immediate and better protection should be afforded to the citizens of that section. During the year the department answered forty-six alarms, of which three were false. During work at fires 14,250 ft. of hose were stretched; 429 ft. of ladders were raised; 107 gal. of chemicals were used; and 31J4 miles were traveled going to and from fires. Thirty fires took place in frame buildings; twelve in brick and one in corrugated iron structures. Twenty-two were in dwellings; twelve in mercantile establishments; the rest in hotels and other buildings. The value of buildings at risk was $296,950; of contents, $342,125—total, $639,075. Insurance on buildings at risk, $152,375; on contents, $185,675. Damage to buildings $19,162.10; to contents, $32,085.09— total, $51,247.19. Insurance loss, $43,212.19: property loss, $8,035—total, $51,247.19. Chief Rowley, is to be congratulated on these figures.