Mayor Attends Fire Drill

Mayor Attends Fire Drill

Mayor Mitchel, Fire Commissioner Adamson and Chief John Kenlon of New York, attended a fire drill in the American Tobacco Company’s factory on Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y., on the third anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire. The drill was one ot a dozen or more held in various sections of the city under the auspices of the fire department, to demonstrate the increased efficiency attained in the past three years. The Mayor took his station in the main hallway of the factory, a brick building, a block tong, and buzzed the alarm which registered a warning at Fire Headquarters, and after a brief wait, to give the engines that were to respond to the false alarm a chance to get tinder way. he broke the glass on the building’s local alarm. Instantly bells rang in every department of the big structure and the Mayor had scarcely time to reach the corner before the heads of the columns of employees appeared, pouring out of five fire escapes and four exits. It was calculated that the machinery was stopped and the building emptied of its 1,900 employees in between a minute and a half and two minutes. The firemen called by the Mayor dashed up and every preliminary move that would be taken in fighting a real fire was taken. Fire brigades of several departments of the factory stretched hose to standpipes and patrolled the rooms and hallways to sec that all had made their exit. A salvage brigade mounted guard to prevent the entrance of thieves. The Mayor was well pleased with the drill as an evidence of present day factory conditions in case of fire.

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