Industrial Brigades Important
Throughout the country, the modern trend in the protection of plants and large areas of private property is the establishment of what are known as industrial or plant brigades. In many instances the plant is located in the cheaper land values of a town, remote from the fire protection facilities afforded by the municipality or else it is located near railroad facilities. The introduction of the railroad siding often introduces the hazard of long trains, preventing the approach of fire apparatus. Since the first few minutes of a fire are the most valuable, it is very important that means be brought to the scene at once for extinguishing the blaze. The large places have organized a brigade from among the workmen whereby at a given signal, the men drop the work they are doing and man the company’s fire apparatus. Throughout the industrial centers, fire companies of this type have become a common sight, and a large amount of credit is given by the rating bureaus in the reduction of insurance rates where the brigades have been formed.
One of the largest brigades in the country, and probably one of the most efficient is the one which protects the property of the Pennsylvania Railroad at its main terminal in New York. J. J. McKenna, well known to the members of the International Association of Fire Engineers, is entrusted with the important position of fire chief of this very large industrial fire brigade.