Connecticut Industrial Fire Safety Commission
An 11-man commission to promote fire safety in Connecticut’s industrial plants was named in Hartford, Conn., on October 7. The appointments were announced by State Labor Commissioner Renato E. Ricciuti, in accordance with a 1959 State Legislature act. The commission will advise Mr. Ricciuti in determining what he called “effective and protective regulations.” He said the “accepted practices of national fire safety standards will serve as a guide.”
The Connecticut State Legislature directed the labor commissioner and the commission to draw up regulations providing for adequate exit facilities and periodic evacuation drills during working hours. The law requires training of competent persons in each place of employment to direct fellow employees in “prompt and orderly” evacuation during emergencies. It also requires clearly identified exit doors which swing open freely from within.
The new commission includes Fire Marshal George F. Kennedy of the Hartford Fire Department; State Police Captain Carroll E. Shaw of Essex, deputy state fire marshal; Leonard B. Kershner, pumper engineer in the Bridgeport Fire Department, and a member of the civil service commission in that city; Henry M. Konitz, New Haven, plant engineer, Sargent and Company; Thomas P. Egan, Winchester, personnel manager of The Torrington Company; Bernard I. Schub, New Haven, manager, Connecticut Dress Manufacturers’ Association; Raymond J. Fulton, Fairfield, director of employee relations, Bridgeport Gas Company; Samuel G. Janis, Trumbull, assistant regional manager, International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ union; Andrew Daniels, Fairfield, represenative, United Steelworkers of America; Anthony DeLorenzo, Bristol, representative, United Auto Workers; and George E. Peters, Columbia, general representative, Connecticut Union of Telephone Operators.