The “Nonpareil,” of Cincinnati, says the system adopted by that city, of paying the lire department, works admirably. It has proved as efficient as the volunteer system, and is attended with perfect harmony, economy, quiet, and order. It is stated that they have used the steam engine with entire success. Our readers will recollect we gave a concise description of this engine but a few weeks since. We understand it is the design now to construct a system of telegraphic communication to give notice of fire. We have been aware, lor some time, that Cincinnati was taking the lead in her ample system of security from fire ; when will New York show like signs of spirit and philanthropy. The firemen of New York City are noble hearted, or they would not labor with such zeal as they do, and with so little encouragement.
This article was originally published with the title "Paid Fire Department" in Scientific American 8, 41, 325 (June 1853)