FIRE DEPARTMENT DOINGS
From reports covering the United States and Canada the estimated losses by fire during the week ended June 21, 1919, aggregated $4,139,000, as compared with $3,708,000 for the corresponding week in 1918.
In Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin the Fire Marshal or other Departments have signified their intention of taking an active share in the nation-wide movement for fire prevention meetings.
Engineers of the Fire Prevention Committee of the National Board of Fire Underwriters have recently inspected the fire protection system of Joliet, Ill., and report on the fire department as follows: “The fire department is fairly efficient and is under a competent chief, but is undermanned and deficient in pumping capacity for large fires.” The report says of the fire alarm system: “The system can still be classed as unreliable, due to hazardous location of central office equipment, poor type of most boxes, circuits being overloaded, use of paper insulated wire in underground construction, insufficient boxes and tests. The improvements consist of the installation of an alarm circuit to fire department headquarters and the pumping station, and the rebuilding of some of the circuits.”
On this page is illustrated one of the three light cars recently delivered to the Chicago fire department by Peter Pirsch & Sons Company, Kenosha, Wis. It is composed of a special Pirsch hose body mounted on a one-ton Ford Chassis, and combines with the quality of lightness, great mobility of action.
The fire district officials of Turners Falls, Mass., have placed with the Packard Motor Car Company of New York an order for the new fire truck for which an appropriation was made at the last annual fire district meeting and it is expected that it will be delivered about September 1. The truck will be of the two-ton chassis type. It will be equipped with a booster pump with a capacity of 350 gallons which will raise a stream of water 90 feet.
At a recent fire in Ware, Mass., Daniel Hyland, driver of the department automobile truck went after hose 3 at the East-street station and while the hose wagon was being attached to the truck Mr. Hyland’s second and third fingers of the left hand were caught between the wagon and a rod on the truck and broken. In spite of the injury he drove the truck to the fire and was then treated by a surgeon. The department had streams on the blaze within five minutes after the alarm was sounded and large property loss was thereby prevented.
The fund raised for the benefit of Mary Scanlon, victim of a fire engine accident on Christmas Day, is richer today by $660.50, the gift of members of the San Francisco, Cal., fire department. That sum has been handed to Miss Scanlon by Chief Thomas R. Murphy and Edward Rainey, secretary to Mayor James Rolph, Jr. Fire departments throughout the state raised funds to send ambulances overseas. When the armistice was signed the fund had not yet been spent and $7,200 was on hand. The contributions of fire department were returned, but the local fighters decided to give their money to Miss Scanlon, who lost a leg when a fire engine crashed into her home.
Chief Eugene G. Gardner, of the LaFayette, Ind., fire department. who was severely injured in an accident caused by the explosion of a chemical tank, as told in the June 4 issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, is now fairly on the way to recovery, and expects to be out again in about a month. The hand tank failing to discharge when the bottle was broken, Chief Gardner stepped up to the man who held it to ascertain the trouble and assist him. At that moment the top of the tank blew off and fractured the fireman’s arm, after which it struck the chief a severe blow on his temple. For a time it was feared he would not recover, but the information given above has just been received from the department and the episode will have a happier ending than was feared. The chief is to be congratulated on his narrow escape.