The Hoboken Fire Department.
Hoboken, N. J., although not a city of by any means the first magnitude, owing to the importance of the docks which line its shores and the millions of dollars’ worth of property tied up there in the shape of ocean-going steamships and freight, stands in need not only of a first-class fire department, but, also, of the highest type of fire-resistant structures. The terrible experiences that accompanied the dock fires of nearly ten years ago bear witness to the truth of that statement. Chief Michael Dunn, therefore, asks for a new first-size engine, a new hook and ladder truck, two chemical and hose wagons, pompier ladders and life-belts, lie is also very emphatic in demanding that all dumbwaiter or lightshafts in tenement houses should be lined with fireproof metal in cases where wood is now used. He also asks that the vacant property adjoining and at the north side of engine company No. (5 should be acquired and employed for the purpose of instructing the men of the department in the use of the ladders and for drill purposes. He comments at length on the danger of overhead telephone and telegraph wires and says that many lives are endangered by them, lie suggests that some measures be taken to compel the placing of the wires underground. Three miles of new wire to replace old worn wire for circuits are asked for, and Chief Dunn requests the board of fire commissioners to confer with the water commissioners on the subject of securing more hydrants in the lower section of the city and more frequent inspection. There are 92 men in the department, 5 steam engines, a chemical engine and 2 hook and ladder companies, with 9,200 ft. of 2½ in. fire hose and sou ft. of chemical hose. The horses number 33, and the Gamewell fire alarm telegraph system is installed in the city.