TOLEDO NEEDS MORE ENGINES.
Chief Wall, of the fire department of Toledo, Ohio, urges the erection of additional engine houses for the utlying districts of the city, the building of an auxiliary system of water mains for the central part of the city, with an independent pump or fireboat. He points out that Supt. Cook has often called attention to the great danger in increasing the pressure in the entire water system at the time of a fire, and adds that nothing has been done to relieve the system from this necessity He also cries out for the appointment of a building inspector. Tne total number of hydrants now in service is 910, of reservoirs, twelve, of which one-half are wood,and the other half, brick. The total loss by fire has been $208.105.65, with total insurance of $1,427,842, insurancs, paid. $202,390.65; loss over insurance paid, $5,715. The number of fires in frame buildings was 223; in brick and s’one buildings, seventy-three; other than building fires, fifty-three; number of false alarms, twenty-six; calls for help outside the city, five; number of fires confined to buildings in which they originated, 290: number of fires extending beyond building in which they originated (frame, five, brick, one), six. During the year the department laid 182,700 feet of hose, raised 7.576 feet of ladders, traveled 3.439 and one-half miles, and worked 2 519 and three quarters hours Its apparatus consists of fix steam fire engints. three chemical engines, four hook and ladder trucks (one aerial), four combination hose and chemical wagons, seven hose carriages, and one water tower. The chief officers are as follows: Chief, C. F. Wall; assistants. William Mayo and L. H. Filing: too captains and men. The Gamewell fire alarm system is installed, with J. I. Greene as superintendent. During the past year 388 alarms were sent over its wires, twenty-six being false. Fifteen cells were added to to the storage battery system and the positive plates of the old cells renewed at an expense of $113.35—the only exDense incurred since the storage battery was installed three yeais ago.