Report on Fire Conditions in Hamilton
In a report on fire conditions in Hamilton, O., supplementary to the report of March, 1912, the Fire Prevention Committee of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, says: “The more important water supply improvements made subsequent to the 1912 report include: Placing the department superintendent under civil service; improving conditions at the main pumping station by installing hand chemical extinguishers, inside standpipes with hose and nozzles attached in racks, an approved oil pump and system in place of the metal tanks, and overhauling the electric wiring; laying duplicate 16-inch mains across the new Main street bridge, and installing a 16inch main along Sycamore street to 9th street, and some betterments in the up-keep of gate valves and hydrants. A $10,000 appropriation in the 1915 budget provides for 3 new 10-inch wells and repairs to the present system of wells; the additional yield to be derived from this work is estimated at 3,000,000 gallons per day. During 1915 it is planned to extend the 16-inch Sycamore street main to 11th street and Hensley avenue and two 12inch branches to Shuler and Pleasant avenues. The increase in the average daily consumption, amounting in the last 3 years to approximately 30 per cent., makes the need of the additional pump and boilers recommended in the 1912 report very pressing, to insure reliability of service. About 30 per cent, of the total length of pipe laid in 1912 and 1913 was 4-inch. In connection with the fire department, the only noteworthy improvements made consist of providing a ladder pipe for the truck and adding 2 men to the ladder comany; the latter, however, was accomplished by taking one man each from Hose Companies 3 and 4. A bond issue is contemplated for an early date for the purchase of an automobile aerial ladder truck, an automobile combination hose wagon for Station 3, and an automobile for the Chief. Practically nothing has been accomplished towards carrying out the fire alarm recommendations. The issuing of $200,000 in bonds for a new city hall, which was to include fireproof headquarters and new apparatus for the fire alarm system, has been indefinitely postponed by injunction. None of the recommendations made under building department, explosives and inflammables, electricity or conflagration hazard have been complied with. A building code commission has been appointed, with the Mayor as Chairman, and regular meetings are being held, preparatory to submitting for adoption at an early date a modern code of building laws. Early and favorable action was urged on the following particularly important recommendations: Additional pump and boilers at the water works pumping station; increase in the manual force of the fire department, with chemical tanks and the introduction and use of 3-inch hose on hose wagons, an automobile ladder truck and regular department drills with instructions at a pompier tower; fireproof headquarters with up-to-date equipment, separate gong circuits to fire stations and a general overhauling of the boxes in connection with the fire alarm system, and the early adoption of a modern code of building laws with suitable provisions for strict enforcement.