Westfield Department Report
Chief Thomas H. Mahoney, of Westfield, Mass., in his annual report for 1916, which was recently issued, made the following recommendations: An increase in pay of $50 a year for the call men of the department, and an improved lead cable for the fire-alarm system. The call men now receive $100. There are now forty call men in the service. A new car for the chief is also suggested, and a new central fire station and 1,000 feet of hose. An aerial ladder is also equipment the department needs for future use. More permanent men are wanted to keep pace with the growtli of the town. The fire loss for 1916 was $39,040, with more than $12,000 of that amount outside the water limits. The value of the buildings endangered was $370,950. There were 111 alarms during the year, including 20 box alarms. The wet spring cut down the number of forest fires and less than $41 was spent for fighting such fires. The department has 4,750 feet of hose in good condition. Only two horses are now in the service of the department: these are for use in drawing the truck. The expenditures were $20,059, and the chief recommends $22,585 for the present year. The expenditures in detail were: Chief, $1,650; permanent men, $10,001.83; call men, $3,822.67; engineers, $400; superintendent of the fire-alarm system, $200; forest fires, $40.80; _____care of horses, $391.80; fuel, $389.00; light, $101; fire alarm, $588.51; hose, $728; automo_____ile maintenance, $977.74: new apparatus, $87.80; _____repairs and Supplies, $73.58; maintenance of buildings, $460.82; miscellaneous, $143.07.