New Inspection Districts in Syracuse

New Inspection Districts in Syracuse

The division of Syracuse, N. Y., into four fire districts has been completed and the district chiefs have been assigned by Chief T. F. Ryan. In each district the chief has charge of the inspection of buildings and taking measures for avoiding fire. The inspection is being carried further than heretofore, and will be extended to all commercial and manufacturing buildings, school houses, public halls, churches, theatres, large apartments and other structures in all parts of the city which are not private residences. A report will be made to Chief Ryan of every inspection, on a prescribed form showing details of construction, defects and faulty conditions. Chief Ryan will turn the reports over to Commissioner Hitchcock. who will take such measures as may be necessary to reduce fire hazards. Plans are being made to start a fire prevention crusade througout the city. It will be directed against conditions which are responsible for the origin of many fires. The reports of inspectors will be used and efforts made to educate the public to understand that to prevent fires as well as putting them out is important. Each district chief will have the first charge of fires in his district. Senior District Chief Charles S. Coombs, stationed at Engine 6 station, will have charge of the First, or Central district; District Chief Philip Kantz, at Truck 2 station, will have charge of the Second or North district: District Chief E. F. Sullivan, at Engine No. 3 station, will have charge of the Third, or West district, and District Chief John J. Levans, at Engine 7 station, will have charge of the Fourth, or East district.

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