Store Presents City with Fire Station

Store Presents City with Fire Station

For Privilege to Extend Warehouse Over Structure, Builds Fire House on City Land—Some Unique Features

A PRIVATELY built fire station in a large city is a rather unusual thing, but in this case both parties to the transaction benefited by it, the city being the gainer to the extent of an up-to-date house free of cost:

A $35,000 fire house has been built for the San Francisco Fire Department free of charge by Hale’s department store in return for the privilege of extending their warehouse over the fire house. The city owns the lot on which the fire house shown in Fig. 1, is constructed and the department store owns the lot immediately to the west. The management of Hale’s store decided that the small lot would not be large enough to build the warehouse of the size desired, so they built the fire house, free to the city and over this they built several stories to be used as their warehouse. In other words the fire house is the foundation for the warehouse.

Fig. 1. Fire House Built for City by a San Francisco Department Store Free of Cost, in Consideration of the Privilege of Erecting Several Stories of Their Establishment Above It.

Hole in Floor Takes Place of Repair Pit

The main floor of the fire house is divided into two sections, one for the squad wagon and the other for a truck. In the floor of the quarters occupied by the squad wagon there is a square hole as shown in Figs. 2 and 3 by means of which repairs are made on the motor equipment and which eliminates the usual pit. In the basement as shown in Fig. 3 there is a large portable platform which is moved to a point directly under the square opening in the floor above. This is of such a height that the men when standing on same can reach up through the square opening and make any necessary repairs or adjustments. This has been found to be more satisfactory than when the usual pit is used.

At the left in Fig. 3 is shown an electrically operated centrifugal pump which delivers water accumulating in the basement into the sewer. At the right of the platform there is a boot-room where the turn-out rigs are kept. In the basement there is also a kitchen, locker for supplies, fuel oil tank and a 50-gallon lubricating tank, both of these oil tanks being filled from the sidewalk. Both tanks are also connected with oil pumps located on tbe first floor of the Squad Wagon headquarters.

Officers’ and Men’s Quarters

The officers’ quarters occupy the front of the second floor and the crew’s quarters occupy the center of the same floor with the bath-room and lockers in the rear. Here there are two separate wash rooms, shower and tub bath and metal lockers. The officers’ quarters have a southern and sunny exposure, are very modern and comfortable and equipped with connecting bath room with shower and tub. The quarters of the officers and crews of the squad wagon and the truck company are entirely separate.

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Fig. 2 Hole in Floor of San Francisco Fire House by Means of Which Repairs Can be Made to Truck Installed Therein.Fig. 3 Basement of Fire House, Showing How Hole is Utilized for Repairs in Place of Pit. Men are Standing on Large Portable Platform. Centrifugal Pump at Left Used to Remove Accumulation of Water in Basement.

Store Presents City With Fire Station

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At the front of the building there are two artistic door ways 18 feet high and with an artistic electric light arranged on the wall between the doorways. Each doorway has two immense hinged doors which are three inches thick.

For cleanliness the walls of the first flooor are finished in tile white glazed to a height of 8 feet, above which the walls are painted a buff color. The floors are of red concrete marked off into squares. Each department is lighted with six indirect chandeliers, three of which are automatically lighted at night when alarms sound.

Another Fire Station Next Door

It will be noted in Fig. 1 that there is a brick fire house directly to the east of the new station. This houses engine No. 9 and combined with the squad wagon and truck company, provides unusual fire protection to the down town section of the city.

Equipment of Squad Wagon

The squad wagon (which is shown in Fig. 2) was built in the corporation yard on an American-La France chassis, and is equipped to rescue persons overcome by fire, gas or smoke. It carries six Gibbs helmets, a portable telephone, portable electric lights, two ten ton jacks and blocks for jacking up street cars in case of accident, a first aid tent, high pressure wheel for opening and closing high pressure gates, and cutting torches arranged on a frame which is carried by two men like a stretcher.

The portable telephone is used in high buildings in holding communication between the firemen and the chief. This consists of a reel of 500 feet of wire and a portable receiver and transmitter, the equipment having been built in the shops of the department of electricity. The portable search light is connected with a cord 300 feet in length and receives current from special batteries carried on the truck. The first aid tent can be set up in three minutes and is used in case of persons being injured at a big fire, all the men of the company being thoroughly skilled in rendering first aid.

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