Fire Alarm Notes
New Bridgeport Fire Alarm Chief
R. Arthur Brown, appointed superintendent of the fire and police signal systems at Bridgeport, Conn., by the board of fire commissioners to succeed the late Superintendent Arthur E. Platt, took office recently. Superintendent Brown enters the fire department well qualified to handle this important branch of the department at Bridgeport. He is an expert electrician having been employed for the past 15 years by the United Illuminating Company, the largest light and power public service corporation in Southern Connecticut.
Open North Adams Alarm Headquarters
The first of the year North Adams. Mass., put into service their new fire alarm office to take the place of the system which was destroyed over a year ago when the central police station was burned. The new office will be housed in a single story fireproof building next to the pumping station. Especial attention has been paid to eliminating the tire hazard because of their previous experience. The building is of brick and concrete with wire glass windows. Heat is supplied from the adjacent power house. The new building is located sufficiently far from the nearest building to avoid any possibility of a fire from exposure.
The first floor provides an office for the superintendent and a room for the Gamewell switchboard, repeater, protector board and terminal board. A separate room is provided for the storage battery and motor generator set. A small workroom is included on the first floor and space is provided in the basement for storage of supplies.
Since the old system was destroyed the company has been using apparatus borrowed from the Gamewell Company while watting for the new building and system to be completed.
Alarm System Destroyed by Fire at Saco, Me.
A fire at Saco, Me., late last month destroyed the fire alarm system of the central fire station. The fire which caused damage estimated at more than $5,000 was the third and most severe one at the central station within the past three years. An emergency fire whistle was improvised on the following day. The blaze started in the hay loft of the stables where the fire horses were quartered and gained considerable headway before it was discovered. It had spread quickly to the signal apparatus and therefore the call firemen were summoned after sonic delay.
Hempstead, N. Y., Alarm System Brought Up-to-Date— With the recent completion of the transforming of the Hempstead, L. I., N. Y., fire alarm system into a fourcircuit system, and the installation of twenty new boxes, as well as changing the location of others, that village now has an up-to-date system, including 52 boxes.
New Fire Alarm Offices at Flint, Mich., Opened—Fire Chief Edward H. Price and City Electrical Inspector A. R. Hitchings, of Flint, Mich., moved into their new quarters in the city fire alarm headquarters last month. The recently completed building is located at the rear of the central fire station. As soon as the new alarm system is completely installed part of the structure will be used for switch board and additional alarm apparatus.