Railway Fire Protection Association Convention
The Railway Fire Protection Association held its convention in New York, at the Hotel Astor, on October 3, 4 and 5. A feature of the occasion took place at Pier 7, one of the Lackawanna Railroad wharves at Hoboken, N. J., when Chief William McGrath, head of the railroad company’s fire department, gave a demonstration of the Lackawanna’s fire protection system and test of its automatic fire alarm system. He touched a match to a pile of excelsior in the immediate vicinity of which were barrels of oil, hales of cotton, piles of lumber and bales of hay and straw. Thirty-two seconds after the match was touched a little brass hull) overhead on the ceiling sent in an alarm. Fifty-two seconds from the same starting time the first line of hose began to throw water—not at the fire, but out into the hay—and within four minutes there were fourteen lines of pier hose and two firehoats, the Fulton and the Corning, working their streams. Meanwhile Chief McGrath had taken a chemical extinguisher and put out the fire in the excelsior. About one hundred and fifty of the delegates to the convention witnessed the demonstration.