The Seattle Fire Report.
Chief Harry W. Bringhurst, of the Seattle, Wash., fire department, places the year’s total fire losses of the city at $408,733. The total cost of the department for the 11 months up to December 1, was $315,035.57. Chief Bringhurst reiterates his recommendation of a year ago that a system of salt water mains should be installed, leading from the water front, and designed so that the fireboat Snoqualmie can pump into them. As a part of his recommendations, Chief Bringhurst says: First in order is a protest against the growing tendency to curtail the powers and duties of the officers of this department, to hamper, interefere with and even override the chief in matters that vitally concern him and his department. At the present rate of progress, the fire department will soon be a minor appendage to me other department and there will be no use of the chief having either knowledge or experience, nor for that matter, any desire to improve his department. Good authorities have informed me that at no place in the United States has the chief of the fire department so little to say in his own affairs as in Seattle. Out of the many examples of the way in which the fire chief is ignored, it is only necessary to mention the new fireboat. My recommendation as to the construction and equipment of the boat have, from the first, received no consideration whatever, and writ ten communications and protests neither have been heeded nor acknowledged. As to this, it is proper for me to except your honor and the city council, from both of whom I have had kindle consideration.”