For the Better Protection of Richmond
The National Underwriters’ Association reports most unfavorably as to the fire protection of Richmond, Va. What is chiefly needed seems to be the abolition of horse-hauled apparatus, for which auto equipment should be substituted, and improved water facilities, those at present existing being apparently altogether inadequate. The system as a whole is good enough, but the distribution system is by no means what it should be so far as regards the supply for the steamers in case of a big fire, inasmuch as (according to the annual message of Mayor Ainslie) “there are few if any localties north of Broad street where as many as four fire engines can work any length of time at full draught. The whole retail district in Broad street west of Ninth has nothing like the pressure it would need in case of a really bad fire during a high wind. The same is true of large districts downtown. I am of the opinion, and recommend, that the city should engage the services of the best engineer to be had to consider this situation and advise relief. I also invite your attention to the early need of a large storage reservoir to hold at least five or six million gallons. This need will become immediate upon the annexation of the proposed new territory. and should be considered in a far-sighted way.”
Sisson, Cal., has been granted permission by the State Railroad Commission to buy a privately owned water works for $12,000.