A PATTERN TO THE WORLD.

A PATTERN TO THE WORLD.

CHIEF PARKER, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND.CENTRAL FIRE STATION, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND.

A fire station, which may serve as a pattern to the world is about to be built at Manchester, England, the metropolis of the British cotton manufacture. Its site is in shape a trapezium, with frontages to London road (the main thoroughfare) of 260 feet, to Fairfield street, of 328 feet six inches, to Whitworth street, of 284 feet, and to Minshull street, of ninetyseven feet three inches. The accompanying illustration renders any comment as to the architectural style adopted unnecessary. It is French renaissance freely treated. The materials principally to be employed externally arc golden buff, vitreous terra cotta, and red stock bricks. The internal construction is to be of brick, steel, and concrete, and, consequently, fireproof throughout. The entire building will comprise four distinct sections, the Manchester chief fire station forming about eighty per cent, of the entire buildings; whilst second in importance is a branch police and ambulance station, occupying about ten per cent., and being situated at the corner of Whitworth street and Minshull street. A branch public library and premises for a branch bank on the ground and basement floors roughly form the remaining ten per cent, of the scheme, and front London road, the bank having a return front in Fairfield street. The engine house, which is seven bays in length, each bay being thirty-tnree feet in depth bv twenty-five feet three inches in width, faces to Fairfield street. Both the front doors and the return doors, opening from the central drill yard, will be fitted with instantaneous opening gear. The horses’ stalls are arranged American-wise, with doors opening automatically by electricity, and hanging harness, such as is seen in any firstclass American fire house. The men descend by means of sliding steel poles, and within thirty seconds the first turnout is off and away. The Gamewell fire alarm telegraph is to be installed at a cost of $50,000, and a special room is set apart for the Pearson fire alarm receiving apparatus. On the ground floor, besides the apparatus are the general office, main entrance, electrical apparatus room, chief officer’s rooms, and chief officer’s clerk’s room— all in the Fairfield street block. On the same level, and forming part of the London road block, are the fire brigade workshops, while its gymnasium, loose boxes, etc., face Whitworth street. The first, second, and third floors of the Fairfield street and London road blocks, as well as part of the second floor of the Whitworth street block, are devoted to officers’ residences, recreation rooms, and firemen’s quarters. These, with the exception of the chief and second officers’ residences, are all approached by means of balconies from the one main staircase. The first, second,and third floors of the Whitworth street block are intended for the officers’ and firemen’s families, and covered-in playgrounds for children and infants. Everything that will insure the most up-to-date efficiency in the working of the fire brigade, as well as the comfort and healthy recreation of the men, is being provided, and altogether the Manchester station is claimed as one of the most up-to-date fire department buildings in the world.

Chief Parker is a fireman well known in Great Britain and Ireland as one who is not only thoroughly progressive in all his ideas, but also as possessing the faculty of getting there whenever he sets his mind upon anything that he knows will be for the good of the local service. More especially is he famous for the adroit manner in which he managed to get modern fire stations built to supersede the any-old-thing’s-good-enough-for-firemen structures that did duty for fire brigade quarters when he was anpointed chief first at Bootle, Lancashire, then at Belfast, and lastly at Manchester. If he were chief of the Metropolitan fire brigade of London, he would soon bring about radical reforms all round in that neighborhood, and, what is more, would get round the London county council to such an extent as to make it, willy-nilly, open its pursestrings to an unparalleled degree.

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