FIRE PROTECTION AT LEWISTON.
The engineers of the committee on fire protecion of the National Board of Underwriters have ssued their report on the fire-protection facilities if the city, of which the following is a summary: Population estimated to be 26,000. The city is slightly hilly; but grades are moderate in important districts. General width of streets, 50 ft. Principal streets paved with Belgian block or macadam in fair to good condition. Outlying streets of dirt construction in fair to poor condition. High winds are frequent: temperatures severe in winter. Number of fires high; average loss low. Water Supply.—Works owned and operated by the municipality. Management efficient. Supply is from an adequate source. Supply-main of ample size: not in duplicate, but supply from the river is available in emergency. Pumping capacity inadequate: machinery in fair to poor condition. ‘The equalising reservoir holds about two and a half days’ supply. Consumption large. Pressure satisfactory. Main arteries of sufficient size and generally well supported by secondary feeders. About one-half of the distributing mains are 6-in. or less; those in high-valve districts are of larger sizes. Hydrants of fairly satisfactory type in good condition. Fire Department.—Part full paid and part call men. Apparatus nearly all located in one house. Outlying districts have poor protection. Engines are of sufficient capacity; the department has too few permanent men. Ladderservice good. Chemical-service fairly good, but only one piece of apparatus equiped with chemical tanks. Hose supply fair. Drills lacking in hose and engine companies. Response to alarms only fair, owing to horses being used for other than lire purposes. Service as a whole fairly efficient. I’ire-Alarm System.—Automatic system: headquarters poorly protected: management efficient : but the superintendent has numerous other duties. Apparatus old and out of date. Storage batteries do not belong to the city. Circuits badly overloaded, overhead and of bare iron wire and on same poles with high-tension wires. Boxes of good type, but lack platinum point-breaks; distri bution good in important districts; poor elsewhere. Service unreliable. F’ire Department Auxiliaries.—No lire marshal; duties performed by the municipal officers and the Stat – insurance commissioner. Public service corporations render no aid. Telephone service good and extensively us d; two companies. One local alarm system to live large mills. Good outside aid available in a hort time. Building Department.—There is a building inspector, but practically no building laws. Fire-limits defined, and non-inflammable outside coverings specified for buildings therein; limits do not include the entire principal mercan tile district. Local conditions bad. Electricity.— Under municipal control. Laws few anti inadequate; but the National Electrical Code is used as a standard by the inspector. Conflagration-Hazard.—Severe in the principal mercantile district, owing to the predominance of frame construction and many weaknesses in brick construction.