NEW FIRE STATION FOR NORWICH
Specially written for FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.
The new Central fire station at Norwich, Conn., has been completed, and is now occupied by Chief Howard L. Stanton. It will be the headquarters of the city’s fire department. The building is of hard burned brick. In its construction were used ,350,000 hard-burned bricks, fifty-five squares of best Monson, Maine, slate, 38,000 feet of Georgia pine timber, 20,000 feet of spruce, and 60,000 feet of Georgia pine flooring. The average size of the building is ninety feet front by seventy-five feet. The sizes of the three floors arc as follows: Main Floor—Mainthree-way-apparatus room forty-four feet wide, forty-eight feet six inches deep, fourteen feet high; in rear of this is recess among stalls of additional ten feet in depth, making fifty-eight feet six inches depth for room for aerial truck. Rear of apparatus room is space forty-four feet wide, twenty feet average depth; for eight single stalls; one box stall; stairway to hayloft and water closet. On right hand side of apparatus room is room, fourteen feet six inches by thirty-eight feet, with cement wash-tray, for exercising wagon; also machinist’s room and grain and harness room. On left of apparatus room at front is octagonal tower, fourteen feet diameter, having stairway to chief’s office and dormitories. In rear of this is annex, eleven feet six inches by thirty-four feet, for private hitch for chief and space for one stall and chief’s wagon. At rear of this is hose tower, eight feet by fourteen feet by fifty-six feet high—accessible from each floor, also from outside. Second Floor.—On front, in octagon tower, is chief’s public office, twelve feet by fourteen feet six inches by eleven feet, story height. Adjoining this on building front is chief’s private office, eleven feet six inches by thirteen feet. Adjoining this, on building front is chief’s private bathroom, seven feet byeight feet. Adjoining—on building front—are instrument rooms and battery room—each nine feet by thirteen feet. In rear of these rooms is dormitory room, twenty-nine feet by forty feet three inches by eleven feet, story height, with room for fourteen beds. In rear of this are three captains’ rooms, each seven feet six inches by eleven feet, also, large rooms, fifteen feet by fifteen feet, for two wnterclosets, two baths, with showers, one slop-sink and five Mott crockery bowls, and adjoining these is hose tower. Third Floor.—On front—in octagon tower is smokingroom, twelve feet by twelve feet. Adjoining this is billiard and pool room, twenty-six feet by twenty-six feet by eleven feet story height. In rear of this is a gymnasium room, twenty-one feet by twenty-six feet by twenty-one feet high. The balance of third floor is arranged for storage, hose drying and clothes lockers. The architect was C. F. Preston, of Norwich. The lighting of the main floor is controled by a switchboard directly under a new fifteen-inch indicator gong over the desk at the north entrance. On the slate board is a current breaker for striking every hell in the city without leaving the house, and a switch for striking the gong in the station for exhibition or practice purposes. There is also a switch, which at the first blow of an alarm will light certain numbers of lights at night on the main floor, in the dormitories and at the head of the sliding poles. Switches control the four chandeliers on the main floor and the five globes at the front of the building on the outside. All the wiring and electric and gas fixtures were put in under the supervision of Chief Stanton, his views being carried out in the arrangement. There are two telephones in the building, one in the chief’s office, the other at the desk on the apparatus floor, besides a bell in the rooms above. The putting in of the fire alarm wires was done by Chief Stanton. There is a sliding pole leading from the chief’s office to the room where his buggy is kept, guarded, with brass railing. The fire commissioners have been perfectly willing to do everything in their power to make the building perfect, and as far as possible it has been done, and as soon as all the apparatus is in and the Main street station equipped, the city of Norwich will have as good a department as any in the State, if not in New England. It has five new pieces of apparatus, including the aerial truck, a Seagrave truck, combination chemical, and two modern hose wagons. They arc all in fine condition, and as soon as a new steamer can be secured for the centre of the city the business section will be well protected. Then some attention will he given to the outlying districts.