New York Fire Service

New York Fire Service

A syndicate, which now operates an importing business, stands ready to furnish otiehalf of the capital necessary to relieve some of the difficulties of moving picture men by providing a building in which the film manufacturers may be amply protected from fire risk, together with atr exhibition hall so arranged that a large number of films may be shown at once. The situation now faced by the film men is a difficult one, regarding them becoming more strict. No insurance company, it is said, will write out policies for films on account of their highly combustible nature. The safe deposit companies are also refusing to place the extensive films in their vaults for similar reasons. The result is that films costing many thousands of dollars must be cared for personally and, in many cases, to the danger of unsuspecting hotel guests.

The Court of Appeals, the past week, handed down a decision which establishes the status of volunteers of this city so far as holding a city position is concerned. It is in the case of F.. T. Davison, a volunteer fireman, against the Commissioner of the Water Department for reinstatement in a position in that department, from which he was removed the first of the year, because there was no appropriation for the position’s salary. The decision is in favor of the volunteer fireman.

Fire Commissioner Adamson will, it is announced, appoint as fire prevention inspectors Mrs. Anna W. Hochfclder, president of the Women’s Civil Service League, and four members of the league, who are eligibles

Five new paid companies will succeed several volunteer companies in the Woodhaven section of Brooklyn, on January 1. That section for some time has been completely surrounded by paid companies of the Brooklyn and Jamaica districts. Three new stations in the Woodhaven section have been ready for occupancv for several months.

Another association of members of the department will be organized December 4, an endowment association composed of those who have been firemen from 10 to 15 years.

New York Fire Service

New York Fire Service

Fire Commissioner Adamson declared the past week that he believes that business depression was responsible for an alarming increase in the number of fires of apparent incendiary origin in small business places, the owners of which are evidently trying to collect insurance. With this in view he has asked the police department to have detectives respond to all alarms to start investigations at once in conjunction with the fire marshals if there are any suspiciotis circumstances. He has also asked the District Attorneys of the five counties in the city to co-operate in the prosecution of incendiaries.

Fire Commissioner Adamson, at a recent trial of a fireman on a debt complaint, said relative to debts of firemen: “If you are as negligent and careless about your duties as you are about these other matters you cannot be of much aid to the department. A man who goes around in this departmemnt contracting debts on the strength of his uniform, and will not pay them, is not really fit to be in the department. The salary of a man is sufficient to pay for the necessaries of life, and if he does not pay for what he gets from the grocer, the butcher and for his rent, it shows that he has not the proper sense of his responsibilities and obligations, and that he is not the sort of man to trust in any relation. Another thing that is not going to be permitted in this department—what you have done and two or three other firemen have done —ignore official communications. I want you to know, and every man in the department, that you cannot ignore communications you receive regarding this thing, any more than you can ignore debts which you have contracted for the necessaries of life.”

On Sunday, November 15, an unusual signal was sounded, 6-6-6, which meant “high pressure out of service, not at a fire.” It was due to a break in a main. An hour later a 9-9-9 announced “Break repaired. High pressure again in service.”