WORK OF THE NEW YORK FIRE PATROL.
Owing to sickness in the office force and the many fires that took place in this city in 1899, involving as they did increased labor in getting up the details, the publication of the annual report of the committee on fire patrol to the New York board of fire underwriters has only just taken place. The results for the year show an increase in the number of fires, duration of service, and covers spread, while big fires have added their quota to increase the amount of annual loss. The number of fires and their added results are given, and compared with those of 1898 as follows: Number of fires attended 1808, 4,554, 1800,6,440; duration of service,2,827 hours,eighteeen minutes, 3,628 hours, thirty-four minutes; covers spread, 0,830, 12,800; roof covers spread, 1,177,1,559; insurance involved $68,050,837.16, $75,035,255.28; loss sustained, $4,147,639.59; $7,181,756.98. The losses above $50,000 each were twenty-two in number; among them was included the Windsor hotel fire on March 17, the loss at which was $804,341.96; number of covers spread (fortytwo, stock, eighteen, roof), sixty; hours worked by patrols, 2, 3, 4, thirteen and thirty minutes; insurance, $1,436,000. The committee feelingly alludes to the sudden death of Superintendent Abram C. Hull, who had been apjiointed captain in 1870, on the reorganization of the patrol force, and assigned to patrol No. 1, then known as the lower patrol, from which position he rose to be superintendent in 1S86. His successor was Captain Frederick S. Grover, of patrol No. 3, whose promotion was followed by that of Lieutenant Charles L. Smith to captain; Sergeant A. S. Johnston, lieutenant; Permanent Patrolman W. A. Kipp, sergeant.
The committee on surveys of the New York board of fire underwriters reports the following work by its various departments for the year 1900: Heating department—Number of inspections, 6,312; heating apparatus found unsafe, 1,042; heating apparatus found safe, 149; heating nppnratus corrected, 840. Storage stores—Number of inspections, 2,280; defects found and corrected, 200. Electric department_Inspections for new installations, 5,827; inspections for changes, 14,903; wiring certificates issued, twelve; re-inspections, 8,172; corrections secured during year, 2,822. Sprinkler department—Certificates issued, seventeen; sprinkler inspections, 3,493; defects found and corrected, 390. Fire alarms—Certificates issued,203; re-inspections, two. Inspection department Number of surveys, 14,206; re-inspections for corrections, 1,951; total inspections, 57,415.