New Jersey State Fire News.
Through the addition to the equipment of the Atlantic City fire department of the new aerial truck, recently purchased by city council at a cost of $6,000, Chemical Engine Company No. 2, is disbanded, life members going to other assignments.
Brancliville borough has a water plant, 30 hydrants, 800 feet of hose, a hose cart, and now it has chosen the men to man it. At a special meeting of the borough council, Wilbur K. Dye was appointed by Mayor Xelden as chief of the fire department, and Charles H. Crisman as assistant chief.
After appropriating $5,000 for a new fire engine some months ago, Belniar has not yet been able to make a selection from the numerous types of steamers brought to its notice.
A new tire engine company has been organized in Rahway, N. J., composed almost exclusively of exempt firemen.
Fire Chief Stagg, of Paterson, N. J., has sent a communication to the police and fire commissioners explaining what he has done in compliance with the instructions of the commissioners relative to carrying out the ordinance adopted the first of the month, governing the manufacture, sale and storage of explosives and combustibles within the city limits. He reports in the letter that he has assigned the engine and truck companies to look after all the storage and manufacturing plants in their district. The men will he assigned to districts, which they will cover once every three months.
Volunteer firemen throughout Xew Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware are looking forward with interest to the coming great parade and tournament in Asbury Park, which will bring together for review before distinguished state ant! national officials the largest representation of the volunteer force ever collected on a similar occasion. Some idea of the rapid evolution of the Asbury Park department may be gathered from the fact that there are now eight tire companies in the city equipped with steamers, trucks and hose wagons valued at $34,950. The estimated value of the modern fire houses which are owned by the city is $86,000, and the companies’ furnishings are worth $10,000. lit the last year the department lias answered to 35 alarms. The fire loss of the city, which has a valuation of $11,000,000, is stated at less than $6,000 for the entire 12 months.
The lax building and fire laws in Morristown are causing some comment from persons who have had reasons lately to make inquiries re garding them. Efforts to induce churches, lodges, etc., to have their doors open outward, proper exits to he provided in all places of assemblage, and the ordinary precautions to he observed in building in the center of the city, have been of little avail. If a fire should start in ihe business section under adverse conditions, so the experienced firefighters of the city assert, a disasterous conflagration would he inevitable.
Notice has been served by the cotutcilmanic fire committee, of Atlantic City, upon owners of beachfront piers that the ordinance requiring such structures to he equipped with permanent fire mains extending from the Boardwalk to the extreme end must lie complied with within two months.