Needham Has Combined Headquarters
The new police and fire headquarters building, under construction in Needham, Mass., from designs by George Ernest Robinson, of Boston, is nearing completion and will be in service before the first of the year.
It is so planned that each unit is entirely separate from the other although a central tower of Colonial type joins the various sections and harmonizes the whole into a distinct and striking ensemble of red brick structures.
The trim is in white and the roofs are of slate. The main floor of the Fire Department portion of the building has three double doors for apparatus and a side door. There is an enclosed patrol desk and a separate room in which the fire alarm equipment will be installed. The office of Chief T. Robert Quinlan is up a short flight of stairs and there is an outer office for the clerk. On the second floor are three dormitories. officers’ rooms, locker room, toilets and shower baths, and a kitchenette fitted with an electric range. In the front is a large smoking and recreation room. In the rear of the first floor with entrance at the side is a machine shop and space for the fire alarm trucks and repair wagons.
The apparatus to be stationed in this house will consist of an American-LaFrance ladder truck, a Maxim 1,000-gallon pumper, a White combination hose and chemical, a Buick hose wagon, and a Buick chief’s car.
On the first floor of the police department section are the central rotunda, booking desk, guard room, matron’s room, first aid room, boys’ detention room, cell block, and in the rear a garage for police cars, ambulance, and motorcycles. On the second floor are the office of the Police Chief, sergeant’s room, smoking room, two sleeping rooms for emergency use, record room, and the photographing and finger printing rooms. In the basement there is a rifle and pistol range for target practice. The police section as well as the Fire Department section is provided with brass sliding poles. There are separate oil heating units installed in the basements of the fire and police buildings.
The building is beautiful in appearance and is an ideal combination for the town of moderate size. With each department entirely separate from the other, the usual objection to a combined headquarters is removed.
Waiser, Ida., is contemplating the purchase of a combination hose and chemical car to cost about $8,500.