Fairfield County Plan Meets

Fairfield County Plan Meets

Capt. Theodore J. Beliakoff of Rescue Co. No. 3, New York City, was the speakcr at the February meeting of the Fairfield County Fire Chiefs’ Emergency Plan held at Noroton Heights, Conn., on the 25th of February. Capt. Beliakoff discussed size-up of fires upon the arrival of the fire department, pointing out that the force of men on hand, the conditions of adjoining property and how far the fire has extended from its point of origin are important to note. He said that there are four ways in which fires spread. Either by flame contact, heat radiation, heat conduction or convexion waves. He pointed out that roughly there are three ways to extinguish fires, either by water which is considered a cooling-off process by excluding oxygen by a blanket of gas or foam which is considered the smothering process, or by the removal of combustible material from the path of the fire. Salvage at fire does two things, not only salvaging property and cutting down the loss from fire, but removes combustible material from the path of the fire, therefore aiding in extinguishing the blaze.

He also discussed briefly the S. S. “Normandie” fire, saying that because regular staterooms had been removed, making each deck one long room, and because of the abundance of kapok mattresses, life preservers and hammocks, the fire had plenty to feed on; it was a difficult operation for the New York City Fire Department, because of the time needed to turn in the alarm, and the always prevalent water-front wind.

The tire situation was also discussed by the members p.resent, Capt. Thomas O’Connor bringing the subject to the floor, stating that he thought if the firemen of the nation brought their case before the authorities that the rationing restrictions could be changed as they were in the cases of taxicabs and clergymen. The secretary was instructed to write to Washington and Hartford in an effort to voice the Plan’s feelings on the matter. All the other County Plans were to be notified also of Fairfield County’s action.

The Ways and Means Committee of the Plan, which consist of Leon R. Meaney of Greenwich, Chief James J. Sanger of Old Greenwich, and Chief John Mehring of the town of Stamford, were instructed to confer with Westchester County Emergency Plan officials relative to a mutual aid plan when Westcheste.r County departments are called out to New York City or when Fairfield County departments may be called to Bridgeport or other defense center towns.

Assistant Chief William Sturgis of Ridgefield, chairman of the Standardization Committee, reported that Ridgefield has completed standardization of 2 1/2″ hose and equipment as well as hydrants, following the lead of the town of Greenwich, which has also tooled over to National Standard, which include equipment of Greenwich Center, Glenville, East Portchester, Old Greenwich and Cos Cob. Tools are available for other Fairfield county towns to follow suit.

The next meeting of the Plan will be at Southport, Conn., on March 25th. Invitations have also been received from Trumbull for the June meeting and from Stamford for the October meeting.

Fairfield County Plan Meets


Fairfield County Plan Meets

Taking an initial step in making plans for any future emergency on the newly completed Merritt Highway now open for its full thirty-six miles from the Greenwich connection with the Hutchinson River Parkway to its end at Nichols, the Fairfield County Fire Chiefs’ Emergency Plan, meeting at Brookfield, Conn., on Wednesday evening, November 22, began to collect data which will be given to the state police.

A card will be printed with the telephone number of the nearest available Fire Department and placed at each telephone on the parkway. Although the telephones are now locked, the Plan hopes that in the future the state police will install public telephones. At the present time, only state troopers may use the phones.

Speakers at the meeting were the Hon. Senator Thornhill of Brookfield, who welcomed the firemen to Brookfield, Chief Leon Stapelberg of Brookfield, Chief C. J. Carrigan, President of the Connecticut State Firemen’s Association, Chief Lynn Deming, President of the Litchfield County Fire Chiefs’ Emergency Plan, J. Russell Clark of the LaFrance Company of Brookfield, Chief Stuart Potter of Greenwich, Retired Chief Peter Beckerle of Danbury, and Retired Chief Frank Gisborne of Old Greenwich.

Chief Potter of Greenwich discussed the use of the Booster Tanks for extinguishing fires in the country districts where no hydrants are available and cited instances where houses worth upwards of $25,000 have been saved by this modern bucket brigade. He urged the chiefs and officers never to stop trying—that sometimes the blaze looks as if it will only leave the foundation, but that by calling in neighboring companies and going right to work—and by the men taking punishment, many times total loss can be prevented. Retired Chief Beckerle and Retired Chief Gisborne also discussed instances where two or three booster lines have extinguished fires, which, without them, would have leveled buildings. They pointed out, however, that the men must be prepared to “take it” as every drop of water must be utilized to the best advantage and not a drop wasted. Using the booster line required getting right on top of the blaze.

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John F. Clancy, Thomas F. Magner and Philip Thompson, all Captains in the Bridgeport Fire Department, were elected to membership.

Chief Carrigan discused the Drivers Liability Bill and said that if the bill as passed does not cover all drivers, that the individual companies and county plans should discuss ways and means of improving the bill and give any information to the Legislative Committee of the Firemen’s Association.

The next meeting of the Plan will be at Nichols on Wednesday evening. December 27. There will be no January meeting. The February meeting will be at Glenbrook, Conn., on February 28.