Automatic Electric Control of Sprinklers
In this issue is published as the leading article another of the series descriptive of methods of Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting in large private plants. Chief Volquardsen, of the fire department of Wilson & Co., the large packing house of Chicago, tells our readers of the fire department organized for the protection of the plant and of the devices adopted to insure its safety against fire. One of the most important of the safeguards so interestingly described by the chief is the automatic control and supervision of the extensive sprinkler system by an electric method in combination with telegraphic connections. This system includes the supervision of all of the sprinkler system, embracing the water flow, air and dry pipe system, fire pump, city water pressure, gravity tank for both water and temperature, indicator posts, gate valves and manual fire alarm boxes. This article is one of several which have described the private fire departments of such large establishments as the General Electric Company, the Eastman Kodak Company, Packard Motor Car Company, Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, Cudahy Packing Company, and the Ford Motor Company. These articles are written in each instance by the men in charge of these activities or those best suited to describe the Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting systems of these great establishments. More are to follow and each will contain some new or original suggestion of great benefit to business establishments and plants that intend to or already have fallen in line in the endeavor to make their buildings and contents as free from the fire peril as it is possible to render them.