Issue 20 and Volume 47.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING Practical evidence of the direct financial advantages of effective fire protection is offered in the case of an upstate city, where by reason of what they considered inadequate provision for the prevention of fire in a certain quarter, a conflagration district was defined by the Underwriters’ Association of New York State, within which an extra charge was made for fire insurance. The insurance committee of the local chamber of commerce recently petitioned the underwriters to abolish the extra charge. This the latter refused to do on the grounds that “it did not appear that there had been material improvement since the establishment of boundaries for said conflagration district.” Here is an instance in which inadequate fire protection is recognized as a burden on a business community. The committee on public utility that has investigated the fire protection situation in the city of Indianapolis, is evidently a…

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