Fire Protection in Winsted
Winsted, Conn., is to keep abreast of the times as regards fire protection by the action of the special town meeting last week appropriating a sum not exceeding $12,000 for the purchase of a triple combination fire truck with pump to replace the wornout fire steamer at the central fire station on Elm street. The committee authorized to make the purchase consists of Fire Superintendent Charles Stone, and others. The Winsted fire department is gradually being motorized. Hose 1 and hose 4 are equipped with motor trucks and the acquisition of a triple combination truck will make three pieces of motordriven apparatus. In view of this fact realty owners expect a reduction in insurance rates before the year is over or immediately following the arrival of the new truck. Owners of cottages at the Highland lake summer resort are much pleased over the action of the special town meeting as it means fire protection for the resort, something which has been lacking ever since the first cottages were built on the lake shores. The new truck with pump will give the firemen an opportunity to render valuable aid at the growing watering place in the event of fire. Cottages at the resort have often been endangered by woods fire and several times in the past few years blazingcottages have menaced other cottages nearby. The automobile truck with pump will also furnish protection for the Litchfield county hospital, and the Gilbert home for children, two large institutions, whose altitude is so great as to render either a fire hazard under present conditions with the steamer condemned and out of commission.