Detroit Force Found Satisfactory
The Detroit Fire Department stands in the front line of the fire fighting forces of the country according to the report of the survey, test and investigation of the Fire Department recently conducted by engineers of the National Board of Fire Underwriters.
The administration and operation of the Department are appraised in the National Board’s report as follows:
“The Detroit Fire Department is well organized under good supervision and commanded by competent officers; discipline well maintained; appointments under civil service rules, promotions based on seniority and record: pension provisions good; company distribution and manual strength good; apparatus of proper type and kept in excellent condition; waterfront and shipping well protected by fireboats; engine capacity adequate and supplemented by a high pressure system in congested value districts; minor equipment standardized; several rescue squads with special equipment; hose supply ample; powerful stream appliances sufficient drills and training excellent; response to alarms well arranged; fire methods modern; inspection of buildings properly made; department records good.”
Of the fire force in general the report stales: “the members show proper deference to superior officers and the discipline is excellent.”
A table in the report indicates that the thirty-six chief officers of the department have had long experience, that no chief officer has been in his present rank longer than seven years and only two chief officers are more than sixty-two years of age and more than forty years in the service.
Of the conflagration hazard, the report sounds the following warning:
“In the central and northern portions of the congested value district a considerable proportion of the construction is fire proof or sprinklered and there are a number of wide streets and open spaces so that fires should be confined to the group or block of origin. In the southern portion of the district older buildings, weak in fire resistive features, greatly predominate and fires could cross one or more of the narrow streets and involve several blocks. The fire fighting facilities are good, so that fire should not involve any considerable portion of the district. Serious individual to group fires are probable in the manufacturing and minor mercantile districts. In residential districts, there is the usual hazard of flying brands due to shingle roofs.”
Although characterizing the average 8,471 fire annually as “very high,” the fire underwriters regard the per capita loss of $3.07 as “moderate” and the average loss of $489 as “low” since the previous survey and report were made in 1923. In seven years the personnel of the department has been increased by 400 members, making its total roster 1,826, twelve additional engine companies, eight ladder trucks, one rescue company and a new fireboat have been added to the equipment. A new drill school is now in course of completion.
Traffic conditions and automobile parking are struck at in the report as—“the greater hindrances to fire apparatus in response to alarms.”
Linwood, N. J., Has New Pumper—A new Hahn 500-gal. pumper has just been delivered to the Fire Department of Linwood. N. J.
Chenango Co. Association Meets Aug. 6-7—The eighth annual convention of the Chenango County Firemen’s Association will be held at Earlville, N. Y.. on August 6 and 7, according to Chief H. C. Bartlett, the President, Oxford, N. Y. The association, which has a membership of nineteen fire departments, comprising a total of thirty-four companies, holds monthly meetings eight months of the year, convening in a different town on each occasion. The attendance runs from 75 to 250 men at each meeting. Vice-President Joseph Sullivan, of the I. A. F. C., is a frequent attendant at the meetings.