British Fire Prevention Committee.

British Fire Prevention Committee.

A special commission of the executive officers of the British fire prevention committee, which had been invited to visit Berlin and Hamburg, left London on June 9 via Harwich and the Hook of Holland, and returned on June 18 via Cuxhaven and Southampton. The commission comprised Mr. Edwin O. Sachs, F.R.S.Ed., Mr. Ellis Marsland, Messrs. Percy Collins, J.P.. and I. Herbert Dver, Mr. Horace Folker and Major Maitland Coffin.

The subject in review by the committee were the storage of petrol and benzine, construction of large stores and warehouses, theatre safety, celluloid fires, questions of school exists and protection of hospitals. The commission also viewed the new fire stations of the different cities they visited, and were shown the more recent appliances, particularly the motor engines.

The towns visited were Hanover. Berlin and Hamburg, and at the last named place there was a meeting of the German Professional Fire Brigades’ association, which was attended by the members of the commission. At Berlin the occasion of the visit was taken by the chief officer of the Royal police fire brigade to make a special display of the working of his brigade.

Arrangements for the journey having been carefully prepared in advance, the necessary data and illustrations have been placed at the disposal of the commission in such a manner that it mav be anticipated that the report will be of exceptional interest.—The Fireman, London.

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BRITISH FIRE-PREVENTION COMMITTEE.

With the close of the year 1900, Mr. Edwin O. Sachs, as chairman of the British Fire Prevention committee, makes the following announcement regarding the fire tests carried out under the auspices of that body, which will give some idea of the amount of work done in the form of investigations, quite irrespective of the general duties of the committee. Since the committee’s incorporation, there have been twelve tests with fire-resisting floors, two with ceilings, and nine with fire-resisting partitions. There have been no less than twenty-three tests with different forms of wood and iron doors, and eight with various forms of glazing. Besides this, there have been several odd tests with treated wood, fire-curtains, fire-blinds, girder coverings, and safes. Altogether, the tests number sixty-three. The reports on these sixty-three tests are embodied in forty-four publications, many of which are extensively illustrated. The average attendance at these tests has been about forty—a!l present being practical men. The working members of the council were primarily Sir John Taylor, K. C. B. (H. M. Office of Works); Mr. Arthur Oates, (lately crown surveyor), and Major-General Festing, F. R. S. (South Kensington museum.) The testing station has been removed from 35 North Bank to a site near Royal Oak station on the Metropolitan railway. It comprises a large oldfashioned house, with considerable grounds, and the house is being immediately arranged for the purposes of committee rooms, a museum, a laboratory , and apartments for the resident engineer. It is anticipated that t he testing operations will recommence in the early spring and applications for tests can now again be received at the secretary’s offices, No. 1 Waterloo place, Pall Mall, London, W. The committee has also arranged to participate in the Building Trades’ exhibition which is to take place in April next, and a special hall is to be devoted to the fireproofing exhibits under its auspices. The commitiee’s own exhibits will consist chiefly of reports, photographs, model of the testing station, and the like.