Fire Regulation Ordinance in Kansas City
Recently the common council of Kansas City, Mo., passed an ordinance providing for the fire warden and his assistants and inspectors to serve summonses upon violators of the fire regulations of that city. This ordinance has been in effect for the past two months and Chief John C. Egner and Fire Warden James E. Marvin are of the opinion that the ordinance has been the means of cutting down the number of fires in that city. “When this ordinance was passed by the common council,” said William H. Gardner, secretary of the Division of Fire Warden, “we made the fact known through the local newspapers. Every citizen and business man in the city was informed that the fire wardens had been made police officers by an act of the police commissioners «nd had been vested with authority to summons a violator of the fire regulations to court. When an inspector serves an order now in Kansas City to abate a fire hazard, it is safe to say that the conditions will be abated within twenty-four hours,” he said. Chief John C. Egner and Fire Warden J. E. Marvin, drafted this ordinance and fathered it through the city council.