Rockville Fully Equipped.
The members of the Rockville (Conn.) Fire Department had a big demonstration Saturday afternoon and evening in honor of the completion of their new Gaynor electric fire alarm. The affair was a complete success. The tests of the new system were witnessed by many persons. Experts who have examined the new alarm system pronounce it one of the best in the State. Charles Berst, tne electrician of the Gaynor Company, considers it one of the best systems ever constructed by this company. The batteries, an automatic three circuit repeater and the generating property are located at police headquarters in the Memorial building. The line contains twelve and three quarter miles of wire, and fifteen city and two private boxes have been placed. The boxes have the latest improved test and cut-out keys. The alarm is given on the tower bell. Each box has a pole-lightning arrester, which protects the box from over charged currents and lightning.
Among the out-of-town fire department officials invited were Chief Eaton of Hartford. Chief Adams of Stafford Springs, Chief Arms of Bristol, Chief Osborne of Southington, Chief Leonard of Willimantic, Controller Staub of New Milford, Secretary Jones of the State Firemen’s Association from Westport, and Capt. McGonigle of the Hartford Hose Company. Many of the members of the fire departments in neighboring towns were also present.
In the evening a banquet was given at the Rockville house under the auspices of the fire department. The guests included the out-of-town visitors, Mayor McNerney and the members of the city government, the town officials, members of the department and the newspaper men of the city. With the new alarm and water system the Rockville Department is well equipped for service. It was also the first test of the new fire hydrants, put in by the Rockville Aqueduct Company. in connection with their new $100,000 city water-works system.