New Jersey Regulations On Answering Alarms

New Jersey Regulations On Answering Alarms

In reply to an inquiry submitted by Chief Charles A. McGinley, Secretary of the New Jersey Paid Fire Chiefs Club, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of New Jersey gave the following information on rules to be observed by Fire Departments traversing public highways:

Article XIII of the Traffic Law provides that “red shall mean traffic to stop before entering intersection, unless otherwise specifically directed to go by an officer, official, sign or special signal.”

The law providing for the right of way for Fire Department vehicles is found in Article 8, Sections 13 and 15 of the Traffic Law as follows: “The driver of a vehicle upon a highway shall yield the right of way to Police and Fire Department vehicles and motor vehicle inspectors when they are operated upon official business and the drivers thereof sound audible signal by bell, siren or exhaust whistle. This provision shall not operate to relieve the driver of a Police or Fire Department or motor vehicle inspector from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway, nor shall it protect the driver of any such vehicle from the consequences of an arbitrary exercise of such right-of-way.”

Article 8, Section 15 of the Traffic Act provides: “Police, Fire Department, fire patrol, traffic emergency repair, United States Mail vehicles, physicians and hospital ambulances, shall have the right-of-w’ay in any streets, and in addition thereto, shall have the right-ofway through any procession. If any procession shall take longer than five minutes to pass any given point, such procession shall be interrupted every five minutes for the passage of traffic which may be waiting.”

A Comparison of the Old and the New in Station Design Above is the old, and below the new first station of Newberry, S. C. The building was completed with the aid of WPA help, and is three times as large as the old one. It has space for six pieces of apparatus although there are only three units at present. On the first floor are the fire alarm and battery room, toilets and janitor’s room, apparatus room. On the second floor living quarters for four families. In the front are the Chief’s quarters, and there are temporary partitions at the rear so that space can be converted into a dormitory should the city decide to change over to a paid department. In the basement are the furnace room, kitchen, dining hall, game room, repair shop and showers.

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