The San Diego Fire Department.
The San Diego. Calif., fire department now consists of eight fire stations, 63 officers and men, 32 horses, four hors-drawn steamers, three comination automobile chemicals, five horse-drawn combination wagons, one chemical engine and one automobile 95-foot aerial ladder truck. The stations occupied at present are No. 1, at Second and E. streets; No. 2, at Tenth and B streets; No. 3, at Fifth and Palm streets; No. 4, at Eighth and J streets; No. 5, at Ninth and University; all of which are engine companies. No. 6. at F and Twenty-third streets, is equipped with an automobile combination chemical and hose wagon. No. 7 is a horse-drawn chemical and hose wagon at Second and Kearney streets, while No. 8, situated at Park boulevard just above the Normal school, is a chemical engine. A recent ordinance authorized the purchase of sites and construction of buildings upon Brooklyn Heights and in Washington Heights. These buildings are contemplated for the storage of automobile steamers. It is the declared policy of the department to never purchase another horsedrawn apparatus. The city owns a lot at the corner of Twenty-fifth and D streets, as well as one at Twenty-seventh and L streets, upon which buildings will be constructed as soon as possible. While the department is not under civil service the spirit of such service is strictly complied with. Applicants for positions are selected strictly upon their efficiency and not upon political pull Political activity is strictly forbidden Officers are promoted from the ranks after examinations upon practical lines. The discipline and personnel of the department is good and the freedom from large fires is the best record obtainable as to the efficiency of the firemen. While the department has always rated well, the present administration has made several innovations, each of which has increased its efficiency —such as the traveling blacksmith shop an dthe employment of a fire marshal who devotes his entire time, investigating the causes of fires, and regulating the the use and storage of oils arid other combustibles. The attention given to the construction of buildings as well as the installation of electrical wiring, are all factors in reducing the fire hazard, while the introduction of automobile power in drawing the apparatus is not only much cheaper for maintenance but far more effective than horse-drawn apparatus could possibly be. Chief Almgren recently demonstrated that by connecting a Seagrave auto chemical and hose wagon to an ordinary second-size steamer he could dispense with one man and five horses and have an apparatus worth twice what it was before for speed and efficiency. This policy will be advanced as fast as means can be supplied.
At Henderson. Ky., the matter of securing pure water by a chemical filtration or othe means has been taken charge of by a special filter committee of the common council.