Leadership

The Safety of Public Schools.

Issue 14 and Volume 43.

The Safety of Public Schools. Reports of battalion chiefs to Fire Chief Croker on the condition of the public school buildings of New York show, as might be expected, that some of the structures in the greater city more than ten years old are defective in more than one particular of greater or less importance so far as relates to fire protection. One of the last official acts of the late Commissioner Bonner was to order a thorough inspection of the school buildings in every borough. ‘The reports have all been turned in and sent to Commissioner Hayes with recommendations from Chief Croker. The reports number 364, and in nearly every case the battalion chief suggests changes which he regards as necessary for the proper protection of the children. A common defect found in the older buildings is the wooden stairways. Every chief urges that fireproof steps be substituted. In…

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