Chief Swingley Advocates High Pressure
Chief Charles E. Swingley, of the St. Louis Fire Department, advocates the installation of high-pressure mains in the congested district of St. Louis. This district comprises all property front Cass avenue to Poplar street, and trom the river to Fourteenth street. The chief said the pipes could be of steel to stand a pressure of 500 pounds, and auto hose wagons could be used to make couplings on the plugs, and in this manner save much time in getting water on a fire. Some times two minutes’ delay is the cause of an incipient fire being a great conflagration, and by having quick apparatus and adequate pressure at once, such delays can be avoided. The chief further recites instances of other cities where h_____gh pressure has been in service and found satisfactory. He said a pumping station could be located in the center of the district, and said pumps could be driven by electricity obtained from several dmerent sources, thereby passing all chance of a shutdown altogether. He said a regular pressure of 100 pounds could be mainta tied always, and at given signals the pressure could be increased. He figures the cost of such change in high-pressure mains to be about $1,000,000, and claims St. Louis needs this system to hold down fire waste. The chief will be at the I. A. F. E. convention in New York, and is always alert to all changes which are for the betterment of fire department and fire fighters.