AUXILIARY HIGH-PRESSURE SYSTEM IN NEW YORK

AUXILIARY HIGH-PRESSURE SYSTEM IN NEW YORK

Recommendations have been made to Mayor McClellan for the installation of an auxiliary high-pressure water service for fire protection in connection with the plan outlined by the mayor early in his administration, by Frank R. Chambers, chairman of the insurance committee of the Merchants’ association, and E. W. Bloomingdale, president of the Retail Dry Goods association. Mayor McClellan has caused the subject to be taken up by the water supply department. It is proposed that the system be established generally in the district between Twenty-third street and Chambers street, which contains the largest business buildings, as well as in Brooklyn. It is urged that sprinklers be used outside, and that every facility should be given property owners for the installation of such sprinklers. The location of pumping stations may involve the bridge department. as it is contemplated that one of the pumping stations shall be placed on the property to he acquired by that department.

The fire losses at Chicago during 1904 were $2.785.757—$277,314 less than in 1903—for 8,777 alarms. The value of property at risk was $127,30533. insured for nearly $86,000,000.

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