Buffalo Has Fire Traps.
Here in a nutshell are eight of the conditions in the making of fire traps in the city of Buffalo, N. Y.: One—Lack of a fire marshal. Two—Lack of authority in the fire department to enforce ordinances. Three—Lack of authority in the fire department to order changes tending to eliminate fire traps. Four—The necessity of reporting violations of the state factory laws to the State Department of Labor before action can be secured. Five—The maintenance of wooden lire escapes which burn easily, leaving lives at the mercy of the flames. Six—Insufficient stairways in large buildings. Seven—Insufficient fire escapes. Eight—Locking of doors while employes are at work in the buildings. “In order to have conditions perfectly satisfactory in Buffalo, the appointment of a fire marshal is absolutely necessary,” declared Fire Chief Bernard J. McConnell. “This inspection work could then be taken entirely away from the active fire fighting force and be done properly. Just see the condition that exists to-day. Every one of the battalion chiefs are out on inspection work. While they try to keep in touch with their stations as much as possible, their value as part of the fire fighting force has been greatly diminished. We would prefer to have the fire marshal appointed from the fire department, but we will welcome a man from outside the service just the same. The idea is to get the position created and filled and have this work taken care of as it should be. I will concede that under present conditions, with our inspection system wholly inadequate, some violations might escape our notice. With a fire marshal in service, it would then all be up to him.”