THE INCREASING NECESSITY FOR FIRE DEPARTMENTS.
The Fireman, of London, rightly holds that the “necessity for fire-extinguishing organizations and appliances has increased almost as rapidly as the methods for dealing with fires have been developed. The height and cubical area of buildings, and the enormous piles of costly merchandise now to be found within them, keep up the total of fire loss. What are not now so greatly to be feared, however, are the devastating fires which in past centuries ravaged whole towns. Conflagrations which involve more than two or three buildings are in these days rare; they, of course, are not absolutely unknown either here or abroad, but they are likely, we think, to be even less frequent in the future than they have been during the last twenty or thirty years. At the same time, the total fire loss made up from a very great number of losses arising from smaller fires, will probably continue either at about its present annual average, or it will increase or diminish very slowly.”