Baltimore Fire Protection Bureau
Baltimore now has a Bureau of Fire Prevention under the direction of Chief Emrich of the fire department, with Capt. Edgar B. McKnew, of Engine Company 27, at its head. The bureau was established October 28, in accordance with an ordinance recently passed by the city council It will be the duty of the new bureau commander to inspect all buildings as directed by the ordinance and to see that all combustible matter is removed and the stairways and fire-escapes are kept free. He will make an inspection in the morning and again about closing time. The idea is to see that there is nothing that would pro mote or help a fire in the factories and stores in the commercial district when work begins and then to see that all accumulated debris has been removed in the evening to guard against an outbreak at night. The captains of the various companies of the fire department will be instructed to make a daily investigation of dwelling houses in their respective districts and report their findings to the chief of department. Regular visits are also to be paid the theatres to see that the ordinance is enforced and that the aisles and exits are kept free from obstructions. To aid him in his work. Captain McKnew will be authorized to ask for as many men as he may require to cover every section of the city. Particular attention will be paid the commercial districts, where fires are most likely to occur. The ultimate effect of these precautions it is expected will be the minimizing of fires and the reduction of the rates of insurance.