The Kirker-Bender Fire-Escape.

Issue 1 and Volume 44.

The Kirker-Bender Fire-Escape. In previous numbers of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING the ordinary styles of fire-escapes were severely criticised as inadequate and unsafe. Suggestions were also offered as to equiping buildings with facilities for escaping from fire which should be not only adequate, but at the same time perfectly safe. In these articles mention was made of the Kirker-Bender or Dow fireescape, manufactured at the Dow Wire and Iron Works of Louisville, Ky., as one that fulfilled every condition. Two of these are erected in the grounds of Steeple Chase Park, Coney Island, and are known to the visitors as of the “down and out’’ type. In these is found a popular and safe form of amusement for young and old. One has recently been set up in the yard attached to Holy Trinity school, in which some 400 children, male and female of all ages from kindergarten to High…

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