Newark Refused to Allow Engine Tests
Satisfied that the department apparatus is in the best of shape, the fire board of Newark, N. J., last week refused to allow the National Board of Fire Underwriters to make tests of all the apparatus. It was contended by several of the commissioners that the tests made by the underwriters in other cities had destroyed engines and apparatus. For this reason it was decided not to endanger property or the department’s apparatus by such a test. The request of the underwriters, which was presented by G. W. Booth, chief engineer of the committee on fire prevention of that body, is in line with their general campaign to make an efficiency rating on all departments throughout the country. Newark, it is said, is the only large city that has not submitted to the test. In answer to the question from Commissioner Stratton, Mr. Booth admitted that there had been complaints from several of their tests, but declared that these came from cities where the apparatus was found unsatisfactory. Commissioner Burke interposed here with the remark that several engines had been put out of commission by the tests in both New York and Jersey City. Chief Moore afterwards ventured the information that the records of the department will show that no engine had gone out of commission at a fire for some time past.