Mount Vernon Fire News

Mount Vernon Fire News

(From our Regular Correspondent)

Fire Commissioner Havey has returned from Kansas City, where he attended the I. A. F. E. convention.

Engine Company 2, the New Ahrens-Fox pumping engine, had its first working fire test on July 4. A line of two and a half-inch hose was used in fighting a roof fire at 309 Locust street. The flames had no chance when the pumper started working. The loss was $1,100.

There will be an election for first deputy chief here July 22. The only announced candidate is B. H. Brancard, present incumbent.

Truck Company 2 has entered a protest against certain powers granted through the present city charter, to the fire commissioner. The protest is directed especially to that portion of the rules which gives the commissioner authority to reject a chief elected by the department, or accept him, as he sees fit. It also gives him authority to call an election whenever he desires. To further plans in the protest the company has called a meeting for July 25, when committees representing various companies will meet with the truck company’s representatives.

The water question here remains unsettled. The city has received a proposition from the New York Interurban Water Company in which they offer to sell their plant and equipment for $1,150,000. As has been told in FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING previously, the city wants to change its water system, now under contract to the above-named company, and Catskill water is desired. There is talk of appointing a water commissioner. At present there is a committee headed by John W. Stevens, which is considering the purchase of the equipment now in use.

The city of Waterbury, Conn., has just undergone inspection by the engineers of the Fire Prevention Committee of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, who report as follows: “Extensive improvements recently made, with those that are under way or contemplated, ensure a good measure of adequacy and general efficiency in the water and fire departments and in the fire alarm system. Early action is expected in correcting the principal deficiencies of the department of electrical inspection. Practically nothing has been done towards correcting exceptionally weak features in connection with the building department, the one remaining subject that must be taken up for early and favorable consideration, if a reasonably satisfactory standard of protection and prevention is to be maintained.”

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Mount Vernon Fire News

(From Our Regular Correspondent.)

William F. Hayes. Jr., has been elected second deputy chief of the department.

The new Ahrens Fox 110 H. P. pumping engine has arrived here and has replaced the horse drawn Engine 2. A powerful apparatus, it fully qualified on its test last week and won the commendation of the inspectors. The machine cost $12,500. has six cylinders and a pumping capacity of 900 gallons a minute. There are two suction intakes and three connections for two and a half inch hose in addition to a chemical connection for pumping pure water.

The annual inspection of the Mount Vernon fire department took place Friday evening. May 16, when Mayor Brush, Fire Commissioner Hovey, Chiefs Gibson, Brancard and Hayes, along with Aldermen Buck. Bossert. Bateman, Wood. Haight. Dawson, Kolbe and Sheridan inspected the nine companies in their respective quarters. The men as usual made an impressive showing and won many compliments.

Walter Flandreau, city electrician, in charge of the fire alarm system has returned to duty, after a furlough of several months, during which time he did government work in the south. One of the first recommendations made by him on his inspection of the alarm system, was that new fire boxes be installed as soon as possible in order that the fire department system may expand with the growth of the city.

The past few weeks have been quiet ones, so far as fires are concerned.