Brooklyn’s New Fire Department Headquarters.
In the course of about a year the officials and clerks of the Brooklyn (N. Y.) Fire Department, with the fire alarm telegraph apparatus, will be housed in a building worthy of the wealth and consequence of the city and the importance of the service. For many years the cramped and antiquated headquarters building in Jay street has been utterly inadequate, as regards space, to the needs of the department, and altogether a disgrace to the City of Churches, but it is now to be demolished and upon its site will arise the handsome structure, a view of which from the architect’s drawings, we are enabled, by courtesy of The Brooklyn Eagle, to show to our readers.
The building will rise to a height of 126 feet from the curb and will have fifty feet frontage. The facade is to be of red Jonesboro granite, red Lake Su|ierior sandstone, Tiffany brick and ten-a cotta, and the roof will be of dark red Spanish tiles. In the basement will be the heating apparatus and elevator machinery, while the first floor will be set apart for the accommodation of horses and wagons. These accommodations must be quite generous, the demand for traveling facilities being exceedingly large at the headquarters of the department. The main entrance doors will be of oak, solid, heavy and dark in color, and bound with black ornamental iron work. Wherever oak can with propriety be brought into requisition throughout the building it will be used. It will he of antique color, fine figure and quartered. The wagon room will have a solid concrete floor, and tiles will be laid in the vestibule and elevator entrances. The elevator inclosure will be of wrought iron, with grille work somewhat fantastic in design and dead black in finish. Except as to the front entrance doors the hardware utilized throughout the new structure will he polished bronze. The walls and floor of the main office will be tiled. Architect Freeman has arranged the second and third floors for use as offices, record and storage rooms. The training school of the department will be established on the fourth floor. It will be most complete in its equipment. On the floor above will be the offices of the telegraph superintendent, inspector, linemen and other officials whose duties more or less directly relate to the use of the wire. On this floor will also be the storage and battery rooms. Above the tower will rise a flag-staff surmounted by a gilded eagle.
Just what the building will cost cannot be stated with any degree of exactness. Modest estimates place the expense involved in its construction at $100,000, but the probabilities are that about half again as much will have been spent on it before it will be formally turned over to the city. It is scarcely necessary to say that it will be as fireproof as modem methods can make it, every precaution having been taken to save the firemen the humiliation of being called upon to extinguish a conflagration in their own headquarters. Estimates for the various features of the work are now being prepared. It will take about a year to construct the new headquarters, and temporary accommodations will have to be provided for the department officials in the meantime.
THE FIRE PROTECTION OF JAMESTOWN, R. I.—“Jamestown, as many other places,” says a Jamestown (R. I.) item, “should take warning from the sad fate of Seabright, N. J., last week. It is said that there was a fire department or rather apparatus which it was hoped to use in case of fire, but when the fire came it was found that the men were not familiar enough with their duties to do efficient work. The same trouble, if care is not taken, will be found here. There is the apparatus and the engine house, but who knows its con dition. Whatever care is given it is done free and consequently cannot be much. Then again, the shed, for that is all that it can be called, in which the apparatus is housed, is not suitable for winter use. Finally, there is much doubt as to whether the companies formed are sufficiently acquainted with their duties to be of service. True, tbe companies are small, but that cannot be helped as the supply of men for such duties living in the vicinity of the ferries is extremely limited. Yet the foundation for a large fire is well laid; in fact almost as well done as if planned purposely for such. Consequently, nothing but early arrival upon the scene when called upon and the perfect work of both men and apparatus can be of any avail in case of a fire in the thickly settled part of the place. Some are inclined to excuse the present condition of the apparatus upon the plea that all the apparatus has not yet been provided. But this is a poor stand to take, for if the present apparatus cannot be successfully operated and cared for money should not be wasted for more, as there is no proof that that will receive better treatment.”