Inefficient Alarm System at Providence
The obsolete and inefficient condition of the Providence, R. I., fire alarm equipment and the necessity for immediate action with regard to improving the same, was called to the attention of the Common Council in a series of reports submitted to that body June 1. According to these reports the system is to a great extent worn out and antiquated, and improvements in it are absolutely necessary. The reports were compiled by Robert L. Brunet, the city’s public service engineer, and E. I. Steere, Commissioner of Public Buildings. In his report Mr. Brunet states that at a conservative estimate it will cost $15,760 to rehabilitate the system and to put it upon a proper working basis. In their communication to the council the fire commissioners call attention to the fact that little or no change has been made in the system in a number of years, and that it is no longer up to date. The equipment was installed in the City Hall in 1896 and was removed to the Central fire station in 1903. Practically the only improvement which has been made since 1896 has been the installation of a storage battery. This inspection was made by local experts in consequence of the report made of the system by the National Board of Underwriters in March, and their report in some details carries out the claims of the Underwriters.
A few survivors of Baxter’s Fire Zouaves veterans of the Civil War, of Philadelphia, decorated the graves of deceased comrades on May 30.