Agitate for Better Fire Prevention Ordinances at Long Beach
In the annual report submitted to Fire Chief G. C. Craw by the fire prevention engineer of the Long Beach, Cal., fire department the loss by fire in the past year in that city is revealed as having increased $154,993 over the previous year. Of the loss recorded during the past year $50,000 was due to fires not traceable to general causes, and were what might be termed suspicious fires. The per capita loss based on a population of 130,000 was $1.60. It is recommended that an ordinance be drawn and adopted to prohibit the manufacture, storage and sale of all fireworks and small arms ammunition. Also that section 1153 that governs oil storage above ground, be amended as it does not limit the maximum amount of oil each tank should hold or enumerate the necessary specifications as to construction, nor include the installation of the recognized safety features to handle oil fires. Two additional ordinances needed by the city are said to be one that would govern the construction, installation and maintenance of dry cleaning establishments and one that would ordain that all gas meters set under buildings, in rooms or enclosures that contain electric meters, etc., should be moved and located accessibly outside of buildings or in meter rooms property constructed and ventilated because of gas meter leakage.
Salary Increases Voted for Atlanta’s Officers and Firemen —The city council of Atlanta. Ga., has voted a salary increase for the members of the fire department to go into effect January 1. According to the schedule of increases passed the members will be given a $10 per month raise. Lieutenants, captains, and assistant chief in the department will receive a raise of $12.50 per month.