WORCESTER. MASS, PROTECTIVE DEPARTMENT.
The number of fires and alarms to which the Worcester, Mass., protective department was called last year was 371, being sixteen more than the year before. The number of actual fires where loss occurred was 178. The total loss on buildings and contents was $261,428.8; insurance on buildings, $1,101,117, insurance loss on buildings, $94,532.83; insurance on contents, $1,148,836; insurance loss on contents, $142,802.79; total insurance, $2,249,953; total insurance loss, $231,335.62. The number of companies interested in fires for the year was 117. Nine hundred and seventy-nine stock covers were used in covering goods at fire, and forty-four cover* were spread on roofs to protect the building and contents after fires-.making a total of 1,023 covers used. The receipts of the department, from all sources, including assessments from companies, $6,634.92, and appropriation from the city of Worcester, $2,000, amounted to $11,449-24, and the expenditures to $8,372.25. The department consists of one superintendent, Hiram P. Williamson, one lieutenant, E. L. Stevens, one driver and ten men.