FIRE PROTECTION AT LOUISVILLE.
The board of underwriters of Louisville, Ky., insists, that, while the fire department of the city is most efficient as regards its personnel, and that all it has in the way of apparatus is first-class, yet the town is not sufficiently protected against fire. The board has, therefore, addressed a letter to Mayor We ver, setting forth the needs of the city as regards fire protection. The letter states that on January 11, 1897, a communication was addressed to Mayor Todd, containing a request for additional hydrants. The request availed nothing at the time, because the city had not the authority to install hydrants; but since then this authority has been conferred by an amendment to the charter.
There are needed (it is claimed) a large number of double hydrants to be set in various parts of the city, besides additional hose reel-, with 750 feet of hose to be placed in at engine No. 10. on Washington street, between Webster and Adams; No .’4, Logan and Kentucky streets; No. 16, Sixth and A streets; No. 8, Thirteenth and Maple streets; No. 12, Twentieth and Madison streets; No. 6, Twenty six h and Portland avenue, No. 13 Rudd avenue, between Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth streets; No 17, Southgate, between Seventeenth and Eighteenth streets; No. 15 Preston and Camp streets. The letter sets forth that there is a great deal of residence property in these sections to be protected, and the cisterns are far apart. It has frequently been the case, it says, that at fires engines have been delayed by having to call on other engines for extra hose to reach cisterns. Double-headed fire hydrantse are also needed in outlying districts. In addition to these needs the letter also states that at least two chemical engines should be placed in the business centre, as they are of great value in incipient fires and a fires where water has little effect until the volatile character of the burning substance is exhausted. It is recommended that fire alarm circuits be put and kept in perfect working order and that fhe circuits be not made too large.
The letter will ultimately be referrad to the city council.