There should be no lounging-rooms and no public suppers furnished them; but all the motives should be so arranged, that each fireman would hear the alarm-bell only with sorrow.
A department thus organized would bear just proportion to the vast interests at stake; it would be the cheapest in the end; and it would allow every citizen to go to rest at night without troublesome suspicions.
If each town should resolve itself into a mutual fire-insurance
company, and make each building pay annually its proportionate premium towards a cumulative fund, it might secure that general and positive interest in the fire-department which it so much needs.
We have great pleasure in learning that the fire-department of Medford
is furnished with officers of reliable character, of good judgment, and prompt energy; and with firemen who have in times past done honor to themselves; who will, in times to come, show themselves equal to the severest emergencies, and continue to deserve the grateful esteem of their fellow-citizens.
Expenses of the fire-department, from Feb. 15, 1854, to Feb. 15, 1855, $2,046.04.
The engines in use at the present time are:--
|Governor Brooks, No. 1||Union St.||March, 1840||Hunneman & Co.||$1007|
|General Jackson, No. 2||High St.||-----, 1845||Hunneman & Co.||800|
|Washington, No. 3||Park St.||May 31, 1850||Hunneman & Co.||1100|
The number of men attached to each engine averages about forty-five.
The salary of each officer and fireman per annum is six dollars, and poll-tax refunded.
The hook-and-ladder apparatus has twenty-five men attached to it.
March 7, 1847: The town voted to pay each fireman five dollars per annum.
During 1854, the department was called out nine times to fires in town; the loss of property estimated at $17,500.
The strong tendency among us for consociated action makes it easy to form societies for special objects.