Springfield, Ill., Fire Department Improvements

Springfield, Ill., Fire Department Improvements

In referring to the fire department of Springfield, Ill., of which Matthew Cullen is chief, the committee on fire prevention and engineering standards of the National Board of Fire Underwriters in a supplementary report says: has Stutz pumpers have been purchased. One has been put in service at headquarters, and the other at Station 3. The 350-gallon pumper with hose body, formerly at station 3, is now operated as a hose tender for Engine 1 at headquarters. A new 45-foot Stutz city service ladder truck has purchased; it is held in reserve at headquarters, as sufficient men are not available to put it into service The formerly with Engine 1, is loaded with 1,000 feet of 3 and 2 1/2-inch hose and is held in reserve at headquarters. All hose is tested to 200 pounds annually. Five hundred feet of 3-inch hose has been purchased; 100 feet is carried by each of the 750-gallon pumpers and the reserve pumper at headquarters. Sufficient 2 1/2-inch hose is now available to provide 1,006 feet for each company in service and a spare shift for each company, as well as that on reserve apparatus. Some minor equipment has been purchased. The running card has been revised and provision made for second and subsequent alarms, and is ready to be posted. Rules covering the operation of the department under the two-platoon system will soon be adopted. A list of the members of each platoon is posted in the police station and provision is made to call the off-shift by telephone, in case of emergency. At several recent large fires from 28 to 30 members of the offshift have responded, thus materially strengthening the fire force.”

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