Leadership

POWER OF THE NEW YORK FIRE COMMISSIONER

Issue 8 and Volume 55.

POWER OF THE NEW YORK FIRE COMMISSIONER The crusade started by Joseph Johnson while Fire Commissioner of New York, compelling the installation of automatic sprinklers in any building where he believed they will be of assistance in checking the spread of fire, and taken up by his successor, Commissioner Adamson, has been upheld by the courts. The rights of the Fire Commissioner to order the installation of these sprinklers was several months ago disputed by one Kay in whose premises the official had ordered the device. The case was taken into the courts. Kay was the owner of a twelvestory building constructed of stone, brick, steel and iron, used by manufacturers of clothing and furs, and in which several hundred persons were employed. Fearful that a fire there might result in another such loss of human life as attended the Triangle fire, the Fire Commissioner ordered the installation of automatic…

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