Rochester to Abolish the General Alarm
Within a comparatively few months there will be no general alarms turned in for the Rochester (N. Y.) fire department. The ten strokes that now summon every available bit of firefighting apparatus will be superseded by a fourth alarm that will augment the force which is now called by the three 3’s. It is realized that under the present system outlying districts are practically stripped of protection when there is a second or third call which summons the outside companies either to the fire or to quarters nearer the downtown district. Under the proposed fourth alarm system this would be very largely obviated. Companies now planned will furnish much needed additional protection in the northeastern, northwestern and southwestern sections of the city, and the addition of the new automobile combination wagon is considered the most important single bit of apparatus that has been added to the department equipment in years. Its speed possibilities will make it a valuable addition to the fire protection equipment of the northern section of the city. Carrying as it does ordinary and chemical hose, a chemical tank of 40 gallons capacity and two18-foot ladders, it affords practically a complete fire department for residential districts, and a similar piece of apparatus for the east side of the city is an early possibility. When this plan is put into effect there will be a very material change in fhe running card of the department. As a matter of fact, Chief Little and Clerk Edward Stape are now busy upon a new running book which will be issued about July 1, and in this book the number of signal stations covered by Hose 3 will be largely increased. Still another book will be issued about the first of the year when the other new companies are put in commission.
An extension of the waterworks system of Elk Point, S. Dak., improves the fire protection materially.