Drill Tower for Los Angeles Firemen.
The six-story fire drill tower recently authorized by the Commissioners and now being constructed on the land adjoining Engine Company No. 1 at Pasadena avenue and Avenue Nineteen, Los Angeles, Cal., will be ready for use in a few days. As soon as completed practical drills in life saving and fighting flames will be commenced under the direction of Fire Chief Eley, who believes the tower will be a most valuable adjunct to the Los Angeles department. The skeleton of the tower is already con-
structed. The tower will be about 12 feet square and six stories high. Two sides of the tower are to be boarded up while the other two sides above the first floor are to remain open. Windows will be placed in the boarded sides opposite each floor. The first story, which is to have a cement floor, is to be boarded on all sides in order that members of the department may be given practical lessons in the use of life saving helmets. The tower is to be equipped with fire escapes on two sides, scaling ropes and life nets to catch dummies. “The drill tower will be used to good advantage,” said Chief Eley. “We have needed such a tower in this city for a long time. I propose to have regular drills. The men will become trained firemen, for they will be taught how to take a line of hose to the sixth story; how to perform rescue service; just what to do, and how to do it.”