Fire Service Investigation at Des Moines, Ia.
Aroused by the report of Frank R. Daniel, assistant engineer of all stock insurance companies of the United States, who recently inspected Des Moines, la., fire conditions and reported that poor water pressure, the one day off in four system and political interference with the conduct of the fire department have made insurance rates higher than they should be, the Chamber of Commerce will call a public meeting in the near future to consider means of remedying conditions. The City Council, officials of the water works, the chief and captains of the fire department, will be asked to attend. Mr. Daniels says that the one day off in four plan reduced the department twenty-two men. Only sixteen men have been added. In suburban stations two men and even one man have been left in charge. The department has been weakened by placing of old experienced men in outlying districts when they should be downtown. He recommends the fire chief have unhampered authority in placing his men. The city, he says, has motor equipment to make it one of the best in the United States if the abdve faults are corrected and one day off in seven system restored, and that he knew of no city the size of Des Moines where one day off in four was allowed.