JERSEY CITY FIRE PROTECTION.
The committee of twenty of the National Board of Fire Underwriters has completed its investigations into the fire protection facilities of Jersey City, N. J. After giving full details of existing conditions the committee makes several important suggestions. Regarding the conflagration hazard the committee says: “Conflagration hazard is not excessive, but still considerable in the mercantile section, owing to poor construction and the large proportion of frame and narrow streets. Mitigating features, however, are the comparatively small height of buildings. The probability feature is marked, owing to the numerous exposed openings, generally poor construction, large percentage of frame, presence of several conflagration breeders, inadequate fire department and scant water Supply.” Regarding the water supply the chief recommendations are: “That the general pressure throughout the city be increased materially beyond that possible under present conditions by supplying an extended low service system direct from a reservoir at about elevation 240, containing upwards of two days’ supply, and the ultimate substitution of a direct pressure system for the present high-service supply, as outlined in the foregoing conclusions. That a pumping station of fireproof construction equipped with pumps of at least 25,000,000 gallons’ capacity be installed in a suitable location to supply the highservice by direct pressure. That pressures be -maintained at the pumping station, such that at times of maximum domestic consumption pressures in the more elevated portions of the highservice shall never fall below sixty pounds, and that the sevcnty’-two-inch supply conduit be connected to all main arteries of the low-service in the vicinity of the present distributing reservoirs by a main or mains of equivalent carrying capacity.” With regard to the fire department the principal’suggestions are: “That three additional engine companies be established, one in the vicinitv of Union street and Westside avenue, one near Grand and Manning streets and a third, in the neighborhood of engine companies Nos. 2 or 3 to serve as a reserve company for second alarms: that fire alarm headquarters be removed to a building of fireproof construction; and that until such removal is made every precaution he taken to avoid possibility of damage to the circuits by small fires in its present location.” Regarding the conflagration hazard,, it is recommeded that “all the large hazardous buildings alluded to in the report be protected by sprinkler equipments throughout or bv other effective means, and scrupulous care be observed to protect them from exposures hy installing approved window protective devices consisting of standard fire * shutters, wire-glass in standard frames, outside sprinklers or other devices,”
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