Open Wall Is Feature Of West Hartford Tower
A four-story-and-basement training tower built for the West Hartford, Conn., Fire Department features an open wall that allows a training officer to stand on the ground and direct evolutions on the stairs. He can watch every man instead of seeing only two or three men at a time while running up and down stairs.
A saving in the construction cost was attained by placing the tower against a wall of the municipal incinerator. The other two walls of the tower are of concrete block. One of these walls has a different size window opening on each floor.
The tower, which is 16 by 20 feet in area and 35 feet high, has a 4-inch standpipe with 2 1/2-inch connections at each floor and a Siamese connection outside. The lighting fixtures are waterproof, and two floors and the roof have 3-inch wood planking. The roof has a scuttle with a factory ladder to it from the fourth floor. There is an outside entrance to the basement, which has two windows and a floor drain.