Fairfield County Chiefs Discuss Ventilation
A. C. Hutson, assistant engineer of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, was the principal speaker at the November meeting of the Fairfield County Fire Chiefs’ Emergency Plan, held in the New Canaan Firehouse, Wednesday evening, November 25.
“Ventilation” was the topic of Mr. Hutson’s discourse, but he also discussed the various types of fire, the slow burning type, which usually produces heavy smoke, and the fast burning fire, which can be easily ventilated. He cited the case of the warehouse fire in Brooklyn, which was the slow burning type and impossible to ventilate, because the smoke was so heavy that it could not rise and in fact went into the subway systems below the ground.
Following Mr. Hutson s talk, the question box was opened and he answered questions submitted.
Captain Frank Fox, Stamford, explained the instructors’ school in Hartford, which he attended after being detailed by Chief Veit; 42 men started in the drill masters training school, the object being to train men to eventually drill the volunteer and paid firemen, so as to establish a uniform drill all over the state.
Captain Frank Osborne, Danbury, suggested that an attempt be made to obtain license plates with the letters “FD” for the exclusive use of firemen in the state. The Secretary was instructed to communicate with the Motor Vehicle Commissioner, getting his views on the matter.
The Secretary reported that, according to the latest figures of the State Insurance Commissioner, the state received $165,098.14 in 1935 from the two per cent fire insurance tax, compared with $150,813.19 received in 1934.
Addresses of welcome were given by Frank Leslie, President, New Canaan, also a selectman of that town and Chief Louis Drible.
The next meeting will be held in Cos Cob on December 16. The January meeting will be in Springdale and the February meeting in Fairfield.