Barry at It Again
Cleveland may have its fire insurance key rate increased as the result of an order of Edwin D. Barry, safety director of Cleveland, Ohio, compelling fire apparatus to obey the red light traffic signal. Members of the fire insurance club in the city visited the safety director to obtain his views on this matter.
Just how some of the people there feel about the matter is best expressed by a circular issued by the Citizens’ Vigilant Committee as follows:
The famous Safety Director, Edwin Barry, noted for calling our city firemen, ‘bums’—has now issued a famous order to the Fire Department, that in responding to alarms of fires, they must stop the same as any other vehicle on the Red Signal, even when the traffic officer at congested districts, is on the ground. The shrieking of fire sirens which clears the way according to Director Barry, does not alter the situation. Fire apparatus must stop on the Red Traffic Signal. This means that first alarm companies arc compelled to stop from thirty seconds to a minute at each stop, depending on the length of the time the Red Signal is set at. On short run boxes, companies are required sometimes to stop as many as from five to eight times. What does this mean for second, third and fourth alarm companies? As the situation is at present, many first alarm fires now become second alarm fires due to the slowness of the responding of the fin department, due to the new traffic order.
“It is assumed by the hire Department at all times when responding to alarms that both life and property arc in danger. What would happen in the case of a calamity such as the recent moving picture theatre fire in Toronto, a hotel fire or such like, the Fire Department responding hut coining to a dead stop at every Red Traffic Signal. It would seem that when all fire chiefs will agree that they count seconds in responding to alarms of fire, that the factor of saving of life and property is such a large item that the efficiency of the Fire Department is brought down so low that it becomes next to useless.”
Last of St. Louis Fire Horses Assigned Other Work— St. Louis, Mo., will soon assign the twenty-six remaining horses in the fire department to work with the park mowing machines. At one time the city had three hundred horses, but at present, five stations have four horses each and six horses are kept in reserve.