TORONTO CRITICISMS.

TORONTO CRITICISMS.

Certain officials of Toronto, Ont., including Fire Chief Thompson, have been visiting Cleveland, Detroit, and Buffalo, with a view of profiting by an investigation of their fire departments and comparing them with that of Toronto, so that it might be brought up to the level of a first-class American establishment. The visitors were chiefly interested in pipe lines and fireboats, neither of which Toronto possesses. One of the Torontonians said; “Comparing Detroit with Cleveland, I should say that Detroit has the better fireboats, while Cleveland is ahead in the matter of pipe lines. Detroit has a fine fireboat, recently added to the department and costing $110,000. Taking the departments as a whole, however. I believe Buffalo has the best of the three cities. She has had the advantage of experience of each of the other two and has profited by it. We were not favored quite as much in Buffalo as we were in Detroit, because in the latter named city, just as we were to hoard the firelmat, a fire broke out on the wharf, and we had a practical demonstration of what that boat could do. For all that we got a full idea of what the Grattan can do when her services are necessary.” A11 inspection of the course of the pipe line was also made and its workings thoroughly explained. Another Toronto official gave it as his opinion that the Canadian city is “not well situated to operate fireboats successfully, for the reason that its harbor is landlocked, and in the winter it is frozen over much of the time.” It is hoped, however, in some way so to add to its fire department equipment as to be in much better sliajie to fight fin s than at the present. “One result of our fire (said an alderman) will be an interchange of couplings between Buffalo and Toronto. so that each city will find itself in a position to help the other in time of need. We are already prepared to help Hamilton in this way, and most of the smaller places round about Toronto are equipped with the same coupling used in Toronto, just as 1 am informed the smaller cities in the neighborhood of Buffalo are enuipped with the same coupling as is used in the Buffalo department.”

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