The Handling of Hose in Buffalo.
A Buffalo paper says: “For some time back New York city has been complaining of the remarkable amount of damage sustained at nearly every fire, through the bursting of hose which must be replaced by new. This condi tion of the lines has been attributed to the poor quality of the hose itself, and no suspicion seems to have been aroused that unskillful handling was responsible in a measure, at least, for the damage. It is worthy of reflection that while more than five miles in length of hose was in service at the Courier fire not a break occurred, nor was there even a leak at the joints. Inasmuch as the hose in use by the Buffalo fire department is made by the same firm and is of the same quality as that with which the New York department is supplied, the conjecture must arise that the officers and men of the local department are more skillful in handling the lines than their New York brethren of the butt and reel. So once more is demonstrated the justice of the Buffalo tiremen’s claim that they arc entitled to compensation which compares more favorably with the salaries paid for similar service in all other large cities.”
[This is very true, except as to hose. The hose that caused such trouble in the New York department was not the same brand as that used in Buffalo. While it is true there is a considerable quantity of the same brand of hose exclusively used in Buffalo, none or little of it was in service at the serious fires in New York, where so many lengths burst. It was hose of an inferior quality and almost unknown as fire hose that was to blame for the trouble. The firemen handled it with their usual skill, hut it would not stand the light pressure to which it was subjected. ED.]