Fire Alarm System of Los Angeles
In referring to the fire alarm system of Los Angeles, Chief Archie J. Eley suggests that semi-white and red lamps be placed at locations of fire alarm boxes to show the location of these boxes to the public at night. That a semaphor fire alarm system with vibrating gong be placed at each corner of the congested district on Main, Spring, Broadway and Hill streets, to notify the public and the crossing officers of the approach of fire apparatus, said systems to be connected and operated from the Central fire alarm office. The city should own the conduits and wires of the fire alarm system, thereby discontinuing the use of leased wires, as at present, which is entirely unsatisfactory. The system should be so devised as to allow the growth of the city in the future and for at least twenty years to come. At least forty per cent or more of the city is without fire alarm boxes and the residents in this territory have to depend entirely upon the telephone system for turning in alarms, which in itself is unreliable at times, and many times entails serious delay in the receiving of an alarm and corresponding loss of property. More fire alarm boxes should be installed at San Pedro, East San Pedro and Terminal Island, as the central office equipment there is of sufficient capacity to allow the installation of such fire alarm boxes. A fire alarm system should be installed at Wilmington, which locality covers a large area, which is rapidly building up with municipal and other improvements and entirely without a fire alarm system of any kind. Also, provision should be made for a fire alarm system at Cardena, which locality is also building up.
The state fire marshal of Illinois, John G. Gamble, recently inspected the fire conditions in East St. Louis, Ill., and expressed himself as satisfied. He said that the ordinances regulating fire hazard there were more complete than in any other city in the state.