The Pittsburgh Department.

The Pittsburgh Department.

Chief Humphries of Pittsburgh, Pa., shows that there were 626 regular alarms and 251 still alarms, making a total of 877, an increase of 86 over the number in 1891. The greatest number in one month was 95 in January and the smallest was 48 in the month of June. The gross loss by fire during the year was $659,271.64, being $818,418.22 less than that of 1891.

During the year the new double engine house on Second avenue was completed. In conformity with an ordinance fifty men were added to the department; thirty-two of these were assigned to new houses, and the others so distributed as to strengthen the weaker companies. There was no fatality in the department during the year, ‘but there were quite a number of narrow escapes, among them the burying of Lieut. Langdon and three men under the roof of the Calvary Episcopal Sunday-school building on January 21, and at the two cellar fires on First and Fourth avenues, where the men were overcome by smoke and gas. The apparatus consists of 19 steam engines, 5 trucks, 20 hose carriages, 2 chemical engines and 3 fuel wagons. The working force involves 225 men.

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The Pittsburgh Department.

At a recent meeting of the Pittsburgh Council the annual report of the Chief Engineer of the Fire Department was presented. The total expenses amounted to $53,932.05, of which sum $4,576 was expended for new hose and other improvements, and $42,656.70 was paid out as salaries. The Department now numbers fifty-five men, divided into six engine companies and two hose companies. The ap pliances consist of two first-class engines, five second-class engines, one hook and ladder truck, and nine hose carriages ; one of the first-class engines is kept in reserve; also one hose carriage. There are also twenty-six horses held as a reserve ; everything is in ex cellent working condition. There are 12,ooo feet of hose in service; 3,500 feet are in excel lent condition, 3,000 feet in good condition, 1,500 feet in medium condition, and 4,000 feet in a defective condition.

The fire alarm telegraph is in first-class working order, and consists of 41 miles of w~rc and 52 signal boxes. Special attention was called to the fact that rio very large fire had taken place during the year. The num berof fire alarms sounded during the year was 67, and 13 fires extinguished without an alarm being sounded. The total loss by fire during the year was $38,348.13, the insurance amount ing to $31,938.13, leaving the net loss at £7410.

The report closes by congratulating the city upon the possession of such complete and effi cient protection against the ravages of fire, its value in point of efficiency being instanced by the comparative small amount of loss. A full tabular exhibit was presented of the expenses for each company, also the date, loss and in surance and various particulars connected with each fire occurring during the year.