The New Haven Department.
The following extract is from the Annual Message of the Mayor of New Haven:
“The annual report of the Chief of the Fire Department is a very satisfactory one. He represents the apparatus in the Department in active use as being in excellent condition, and the reserve undergoing thorough repairs, and when complete, with the addition of a Chemical Engine, can see no possible necessity of any further addition to the apparatus for some years to come. The appropriation made by the court of common council last year for its maintenance was $55,140. The expense of the Department during the year has been $50,450.05, leaving an unexpended balance of $4,689.94, which has been carried into the treasury, showing a disposition on the part of the managers of the Department to retrench and conform to the altered condition of affairs.
The morale of the Department generally is highly commended by the Chief, and its reputation stands deservedly high among our citizens for efficiency. The recommendation of the procurement of a Chemical Engine by Chief Hendrick meets with my cordial approbation, and I can but reiterate my recommendation for its purchase and adoption by the Department in my last annual message. The estimated value of the property belonging to the Department is $282,193. The number of fires occurring during the last year is ninetyeight, against 146 in 1876, a decrease of fortyeight from last year. The number of supposed incendiary fires last year was twenty-four, against sixty-three the year before, showing a large decrease. Although we have had fewer fires during the last year, the destruction of property is largely in excess, it being estimated at $587,356.54 I amount of insurance paid, $385.73078. leaving a net loss of property over insurance of $201,655.81. The larger part of the loss sustained this year was incurred by the destruction of the L. Candee Company rubber works, estimated at $520,000 ; insurance paid, $230,000. With this omitted, the loss would not much exceed the general average, amounting to $67,356.54.”