Oil Burners Discussed by N. Y. Chiefs’ Plan
The regular monthly meeting of the Fire Chiefs Emergency Plan was held in the meeting hall of the Exempt Firemen’s Association, Church Street, New Rochelle, N. Y., on the evening of Wednesday, November 15. Corporation Counsel Patrick J. Rooney, representing the Mayor of New Rochelle, who was absent in Washington, welcomed the Chiefs to the city. On calling for reports of committees by Chairman Sullivan, Captain Dawkins, for the Membership Committee, said that one new member had been secured. Ex-Chief Wooley reported for the Ways and Means Committee that, while considerable data had been gathered by the previous committee in charge of the zoning plan, no information had been received on water supply of the various cities and villages of Westchester County. His committee proposed to gather full data on water supply, police cooperation, geographical situation and possible zones. It was planned to arrange meetings of the Chiefs of the various zones. Finally, it was hoped soon to complete the data and publish it preferably in loose leaf form, so that additions and corrections could be made from time to time.
Chief Veit, President of the Fairfield County Plan, reported that the Connecticut organization now had 58 members, and it was hoped to extend the Plan to the next county.
It was decided to have the Secretary prepare a form of
membership application blank and submit it at the next meeting for approval.
Chief John J. Brennan, of Pelham Manor, read a short paper on Oil Burners, dividing the burners into three types, domestic, commercial and industrial. He emphasized the fact that the National Board of Fire Underwriters does not approve oil burners but marks them as inspected. Every town, he believed, should have a code governing installation. Better still, he thought that there should be a code adopted by Westchester County.
Chief Brennan then introduced Harry Tapp, Executive Secretary of the American Oil Burner Association, who answered a number of questions by the Chiefs present. Mr. Tapp said that there was no difference from the standpoint of fire hazard between the gun type and rotary oil burner. The greatest hazard was in the matter of installation, the personal element entering largely into the matter. This arose from the ignorance of unqualified men or the acts of the chiseler. He suggested that if the men who install burners were compelled to obtain permits from the Chief, that the dishonest men could be weeded out and the manufacturers would be forced to employ only reputable dealers to represent them. He agreed with a questioner who asked whether fires could happen through defective controls. Such fires have occurred through too high a flash point; through variable draft and through improper adjustment of electrodes. Supervision and care of the burner were of the utmost importance. The discussion of the question was quite general, among those taking part being Chiefs Chambers, Grabb, Veit, Gibson, Burrel, Ex-Chief Mulcahey, Ex-Chief Lemmon and Captains Siller, of Yonkers, and Dawkins.
On invitation of Chief Gus J. Burrel, it was decided to hold the next meeting at Harrison, N. Y., on the evening of December 20.
A demonstration of an automatic respirator and inhalator was given by Carl J. Conkey, New York Representative of the E. & .J. Company, Los Angeles, Cal.
A repast was served by the New Rochelle Department at the close of the meeting.