Chief Joyner’s Report on Jacksonville.
The full text of Chief W. R. Joyner’s report on the fire department of Jacksonville, Fla., is as follows :
ATLANTA. GA., June 16. 1892.
Hon. W. Roby, President City Council, Jacksonville, Fla.:
DEAR Sir.—No one appreciates more highly than myself the compliment bestowed or could be more conscious of the delicacy ol. the task assumed, when, in response to an invitation extended, I visited your city June 14, to inspect your fire department and report what, in my judgment, was most needed to make it thoroughly efficient. But before proceeding further I desire to say that frankness will be a feature of this letter and only ” plain talk” indulged in, as I am satisfied from expressions of opinion from all parties concerned that it will not only be appreciated but give offense to none.
In the first place, 1 think the present force of men employed is entirely too small, and would recommend the employment of at least ten additional men at once. No department, however well equipped, can he of much service without a sufficient number of well trained men to handle the apparatus and handle it intelligently.
In regard to hose, I think it necessary that 700 to 800 feet should be carried on each wagon or reel, and would advise that you purchase a better quality than that now in use, as the quality now in service is too light.
Another important adjunct to your department would be the placing ol three-gallon fire extinguishers on each apparatus. Fur incipient fires nothing is better, and many thousands of dollars have been saved by their timely use.
Four small extension ladders, known as the “ Pony Extension Ladder,” should i>c placed on your hose wagons and hook and ladder trucks. With each ladder on a hose wagon, should he placed a small pole hook. In a gn at many instances the efficiency of a hose company is greatly hindered for the want of ladders and hooks at opportune times, and by this means the first apparatus at the tire can get to work at once.
Another thing that would greatly benefit your department, would be the selling of all hose reels and replacing them with first-class hose wagons. If wagons of first-class make are purchased, they are far superior to reels in a great many instances.
A Callahan relief valve should be furnished each company, for it often occurs that a stream of water can be temporarily dispensed with, or it becomes necessary to remove it to another part of the building, and the relief valve greatly lessens the danger of bursting hose when the pipeman cuts off the water with the shut-off nozzle.
I deem it advisable that you properly equip and put in service your Hayes truck, for I consider it practically out of service in its present location.
I would also recommend that wire baskets be placed under your boon and ladder trucks and rubber tarpaulins be placed therein. They can be used in protecting goods from water and fire damage and from many years’ experience, I can safely say that they are invaluable.
The members of the department should be properly drilled as to their several duties, and a love for the department, a pride in its efficiency and promptness, should lie instilled into their minds. To this cause, more than anything else, I attribute the success of our depaitment, and as an evidence of the efficiency, sobriety .«nd gentlemanly bearing of the members, I have only to say that in one year only two changes in the entire force was found necessary.
With your present apparatus, and with the additions and changes contained in the above recommendations, I see no reason why you should not have a successful fire department, and I sincerely hope that your city will see proper to act on them at once. The first cost will be rather large, but a small addition each year thereafter will keep your department in first-class condition.
For the honor your city has conferred on me in thus seeking my advice and assistance, I am profoundly grateful, and will ever treasure in my memory the many kindnesses shown me by your good citizens. If, in the future I can be of any service to you I will be only too glad to respond.
With my best wishes for the success of the Jacksonville Fire Department, its chief and members, and with the highest regards for the committee who made my visit so pleasant, I am, sir, very respectfully,
[Signed.] W. R. JOYNER, Chief.
The ci’y council instructed the clerk to forward the following to Chief Joyner :
WHEREAS, Pursuant to an invitation’from this council, Captain W. R. Joyner, chief ol the Atlanta Fire Department, has visited this city and made a careful investiga ion of the Jacksonville Fire Department and its needs, in order to render it more efficient, and
WHEREAS, A carefully prepared and comprehensive report, as a result of his visit and investigation, has been received by this council, and
WHEREAS, The council is deeply sensible of the valuable services rend red the city of Jacksonville by his kind consideration and courtesy in visiting this city and giving this council and the citizens the benefit of h s wide experience in fire department matters, therefore, be it
Resolved. That the earnest and sincere thanks of this council be, and the same are hereby extended to Captain Joyner, coupled with an assurance that ve fe 1 deeply grateful to him for his considerate and prompt response to the invitation to visit Jacksonville, and the result therefrom in the shape of his report
Resolved, That the recorder he requested to transmit a copy of these resolutions to Captain W. R. Joyner, Atlanta’s able and efficient fire chief. WILLIAM C. WEST, Recorder.