The Halifax Fire Department.
Chairman W. F. Pickering of board of firewards of Halifax has just completed his annual report. It covers many pages of typewritten matter, and is very interesting.
The report contains statements embracing the amount of expenditure for maintenance, statement of amount expended under special loan for the better equipment of fire department, together with an inventory of the real estate and personal property in charge of and for the use of the department, with the respective value of same (as near as can be ascertained) the amount of interest paid on loans (loans included in the funded debt of the city for fire purposes), also amount of interest paid and principal returned on short loans for the department, the amount assessed on the citizens for fire protection (water department), the number and location of hydrants, and the respective pressure of same, the organization of the department, and the number of fire alarms during the year.
In reference to the water service in connection with the fire department, he is pleased to report that under the care and watchfulness of Mr. Doane, the city engineer, to whom credit is due, it has developed into a service of efficiency unknown heretofore, as is shown by reference to report on hydrants and pressure, in comparison with previous returns.
The organization of the department comprises a board of firewards, appointed by and from the members’ of the city council, one from each of the six wards, and the captain of the Union Engine Company, who, under the council, has charge of all property of the department and has control and management at all fires. The Union Engine Company is a volunteer company and comprises 126 active firemen and fifty-nine honorary members. The active members are divided into eight divisions and are assigned to apparatus at various stations throughout the city. The Union Axe Company comprises forty men, who have charge of the ladder trucks. They ate in two divisions-the one assigned the north end apparatus, the other the south.
The Union Protection Company, like the Union Engine and the Union Axe companies, are volunteers, and consists of forty-five active members and forty-one honorary members. They are not under the control of the city authorities, excepting at fires. They are owners of real estate, furnish their own apparatus, and work under “ a charter ” independent of the city.
The paid portion of the department consists of: