Personal Accountability for Fires

Issue 8 and Volume 68.

Personal Accountability for Fires Chief August Gerstung of the Elizabeth, N. J. fire department, in his annual report, urges legislation to make the occupants of premises where preventable fires occur personally accountable, He states that good results are already evident from the school talks given during the year by officers detailed for that purpose and calls attention to the excellent work of the men on October 9, “Fire Prevention Day,” when the off-platoon, numbering about fifty men, made nearly 5,000 inspections, covering the entire city and correcting hazardous conditions wherever found. Chief Gerstung recommends the establishment of a Bureau of Combustibles and Fire Risks, to be carried on by men who could give their whole time to the work, thereby increasing the efficiency of fire prevention work. He likewise recommends the purchase of 1,000 feet of fire hose and more alarm boxes, also additional hydrants.

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