Make Your Fire Stations Homelike
Example of an Engine House Combining Extreme Utility with Beauty of Outline and Harmony of Design with Surrounding Structures—Built for Shreveport, La., Department
THE description of an up-to-date serviceable fire station is always of value to chiefs and the breezy article by Asst. Chief Flores, in which he tells of the new fire house which has just been opened in Shreveport, La., will be found both interesting and useful. The No. 7 station seems to be a unique, well designed, and handsome structure, and should give some valuable hints to chiefs contemplating the erection of new fire houses.
Shreveport, La., a city of 75,000 population now boasts of having one of the most beautiful suburban fire stations in the United States and the wealthy property owners who signed petitions against its erection in their vicinity are the most contented and friendly neighbors now. Nothing is too good for Number Seven’s firemen.
The opening of the station took place on July 4, and it transpired that a double banquet had been planned because Commissioner Col. Bob Stringfellow was born on that day some years ago and in honor of his birthday the writer threatened and cajoled the contractors daily to have the building ready for service and to celebrate in grand style.
Housewarming at Opening
Around 1,200 neighbors and friends of the firemen were present and enjoyed the housewarming and the forty gallons of ice cream and seventeen gallons of punch. Several hundred children were among those present and the sliding poles were constantly “busy” while the truck siren and bell were in operation and tfhe older folks enjoyed seeing the younger ones having the time of their lives. Several of the wealthiest neighbors were simply stunned at the excellent appointments of the furniture and contents of the building and repeatedly apologized for their mistake in believing this new fire station would depreciate the value of their property and become a nuisance to them.
Number Seven’s station is undoubtedly one of the most up-to-date stations in any city and a brief description is here given of it. The photographs show the four sides of the building with its hose tower, flower boxes and ornamental doors and windows, and the day crew on duty, Capt. Lee, firemen Winberry, McDowell, Gilbert and Cantrell. The truck is a combination 650 gallon pumper.
Description of the Interior
The apparatus room is tiled 7 foot high with wdiite glazed brick and the walls and ceiling are tinted ivory. The doors and woodwork are brown and all windows painted wdiite enamel. There is a marble shelf near the front door and on this is mounted the Gamewell punching register with take-up reel. Above this are two gongs, one 15 inches and one 10 inches, both of them on different circuits, so that the station receives its alarms over two circuits. There are also two wall phones connected with the central station P. B. X. switchboard.
The living room is on the west side of the ground floor with a tiled balustrade and porch in front, and plate glass door with ornamental top. The cement floor of this room was treated wdth a preparation that gives it the appearance of lineoleum and an artist finished it by adding some stripes and ornamental designs as a border. The baseboards, and book case have the effect of ebony wood and the doors are inlaid with beveled French plate glass. The walls have a pea-green tint and the upper wood trim all white enameled, making a cozy effect together with the wicker chairs, rockers and settees. There is a beautiful mahogany table in the center of the room and a desk light of ornamental design with ceiling fan attached to the fixture. Curtains and draperies are at every window and a large brick mantel with gas iog attract your attention upon entering this room.
Arrangement of Second Floor
On the second floor one enters the foyer in which there is a sliding pole boxed in, and two narrow doors opening both wavs and held in place with pivot hinges and springs. The lavatory, kitchen, shower bath, tub bath and bed-rooms all have doors leading into this foyer anti pole hole. This room has a light pink tint with woodwork all ivory enamel and the window casings white enamel.
The captain’s room is a marvel of beauty and contains a white enameled bedstead, ivory desk, wicker furniture, brick mantel, and the cement floor covered with a black linoleum like preparation. A large ceiling fan with ornamental lamp, large porcelain bath tub. Adjoining the captain’s room is the dormitory containing white enamel bedsteads with white linens, chairs and ceiling fans and lamp. There are ten windows on three sides of the room and one would compare it with living outdoors but for the presence of the windows. The room is all in white enamel, the windows of French plate glass squares.
The lavatory contains lockers, two porcelain wash basins and a dental basin same as in Pullman cars. The toilet room is neatly arranged for two persons with marble slabs as partitions and nickel trimmings on the half doors.
Kitchen Would Make Housewife Weep for Envy
The kitchen would make any housewife weep for envy. There is a large enamel refrigerator with nickel trimmings, latest patent. There is a large enameled iron sink with drip board, and a china closet with real japanese chinaware enough to serve a large party. The gas cook-stove with nickel trimmings is used by the men to cook or warm up their meals. Last but not least a Pullman breakfast table and two heavy wood settees either side of the table. The men do not eat anywhere in the building excepting at this table and enjoy their meals as well as if they were at the most expensive restaurant..
One can hardly believe that a fire station could be found in any city to compare with this new home and surely no fireman could wish for anything better or classier than is found here. Every man feels as if it were his own home and does his share in keeping it looking neat and tidy. The wealthy neighbors who are regular visitors now cannot find praise enough that this station is so close to them and that they were so mistaken in their ideas of the character and life of firemen.
The new central fire station now being built will be another example of architectural beauty for which Clarence W. King, of Shreveport, is responsible, and it is promised that this new station will also contain everything of the latest design and finish that human mind can suggest for the comfort and convenience of our heroic fire fighters.
A new Ford-Waterous pumper has been purchased by the fire department of Wautoma, Wis. At the same time another pumper was unloaded at Wautoma and driven over land to Brandon, Wis.