Recommendations for Jersey City’s Fire Service.
The deficiency in equipment of the Jersey City (N. J.) fire department has been illustrated strikingly upon several occasions of late, and after an examination had been made by its inspector, the National Board of Fire Underwriters has now addressed to the city authorities the following recommendations concerning the matter:
- That an amendment to the present building laws be made to prevent the erection of frame structures within fire limits, and that power be conferred upon the proper authorities to compel the removal of such structures as may be erected in violation of the amended law. At present such violations are punished by a trivial fine, which, once collected, gives the owner a tacit right to maintain his building in defiance of fire regulations. The better enforcement of the present laws in regard to the storage and sale of oils and explosives is also advised.
- That the existing defects in the telegraph and fire alarm service be remedied forthwith. The recent report of the superintendent of fire telegraph shows that the present wires are old and rotten, and the whole system is in a very bad way.
- That the present combination service of “ buffaloes” and paid firemen be done away with, and the working department be increased by making it a paid force, beginning with the foremen.
- That an aerial truck be purchased for duty in the downtown districts.
- That one of the present truck companies be made an engine company, to equalize the department, one truck to three engines being ample.
- That a steamer and tender be placed in No. 4 house, now used for a chemical engine, the chemical to be used at all alarms where these are for dwellings, and steamer to answer all other alarms. The same crews and horses could man both apparatuses.
- That all the third-class engines now in service be changed for second-class as soon as possible.