Recommendations for Lexington Fire Service
Ex-Chief Fillmore Tyson, of Louisville, by request of the Commissioner of Public Safety of Lexington, Ky., has just completed a six weeks’ inspection of the fire conditions and the fire department of that city. In his report he makes the following recommendations: A new fire station at South Broadway and Scott avenue, to contain a motor triple pumping engine, with 8 men. This is the tobacco warehouse section. The apparatus all to be changed to motor as soon as finances will permit, which will increase the department’s efficiency at least 70 per cent. An additional ladder truck and company for No. 5 station, as the city should not depend upon one truck as now. A drill tower at No, 5 station. A department repair shop. The four circuit alarm system to be replaced by a new eight circuit system, with 15 additional boxes, and boxes located on alternating circuits. with telephone connections. Combination hose companies to have not less than six men, truck companies not less than eight, pumping engine not less than eight, and an additional substitute for each company, who will sleep in stations and respond to all alarms. This will operate as a school of instruction* for new men. The department is now undermanned. A department clerk and a relief man in fire alarm office is recommended; also a building ordinance and the establishment of a fire prevention bureau under the direction of an architect or a structural engineer. More modern, comfortable and appropriate fire stations, which will be suitable homes for firemen, to be provided with all the comforts possible. Chief Tyson eulogizes Chief William A. Jessee, who has been in command of the department for a number of years. The report also contains some suggestions for an improved water service and the placing of wires underground.