Suggest Topeka Fire Improvements
The fire prevention committee of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, after an exhaustive investigation of fire conditions in Topeka, Kan., made several recommendations to Mayor Earl Akers, Who estimated that the cost of improvements suggested by the hoard’s engineers would reach $150,000. The committee had been working one week in Topeka investigating the water pressure, condition of buildings and fire fighting facilities of the city. The members of the committee were assisted in their work by W. A. Stanfield, commissioner of water and lights, and Chief Joseph Hanlon, of the fire department. Among the features of the report was the fact that 30 miles of four-inch mains were declared inadequate, and recommendations were made that at least six-inch mains be laid and a main feeder main be installed in the southern part of the city of at least twenty inches. Four new pumpers were recommended for the fire department, which now has three pumpers in service. It was also recommended that the last team of fire horses at No. 6 fire station be abandoned and motor apparatus installed. Another recommendation was for a training tower for the firemen and an additional company at No. 4 fire station.
The committee insisted that the city’s building code be revised to standardize lighting, heating and water equipment and to provide fireproof roofing in the majority of cases. The installation of 40 more fire alarm boxes and complete rehabilitation of the fire alarm wiring of the city, coupled with a duplication of the present receiving system, was recommended. The report by the Underwriters was oral in its nature, but a written report containing the recommendations, it is expected, will soon be sent to Mayor Akers.
Auditor Recommends Economy for Fire Department—It has been stated by Auditor George D. Begole in commenting on the plan for reorganizing the fire department of Denver, Col., that the department is in need of economy, as its fund will run short before the end of the year. According to Mr. Begoie, the unexpended balance of the fire department fund on June 30 was $226,602.97. This will not take care of the payroll for the rest of the year, which will amount to $262,239.96, based on the present salaries of the force.