Survey Made of Ogden, Utah
A survey which is supplementary to the report of 1921, has been made of Ogden, Utah, by the committee on fire prevention and engineering standards of the National Board of Fire Underwriters. Their findings, which are as follows, are in the main complimentary to the city.
The municipal water works has an efficient organization and the records are mainly complete. The gravity supply from the four watersheds is of adequate size hut the distributing reservoirs are very small. The water consumption is high and meters are being installed on all the services. The pressure is very high but poorly maintained; the distribution is divided into four services. The arterial system is fair in the congested value district but is weak in other sections of the low service; it is strong in the Middle and High Line services. The gate valves are in good condition and are well spaced. In the congested value district, the hydrants are well spaced, but the spacing is rather wide elsewhere.
The city has a full-paid fire department operating on a twoplatoon basis. The form of supervision is satisfactory and the provisions for retirement and pension, appointment and promotion of the members is mainly satisfactory. The discipline is good and the drills and trainings have shown beneficial results. There is a sufficient supply of 3-inch hose but it is not properly distributed. There are excellent repair facilities.
Minor equipment is fairly adequate but the department lacks a sufficient amount of heavy stream appliances. The fire methods are fair but little salvage work is done. The building inspections are frequent and the results have proven of value.
The semi-automatic fire alarm system is well maintained but there is an insufficient number of operators on duty. The condition of the equipment is good. The fire alarm boxes arc botli of a good type and in good condition with the distribution excellent in the business section but fair to poor elsewhere. Each station has duplicate alarm circuits. One-third of the circuits are underground. There is excellent cooperation with the telephone company and good records are kept of the boxes and circuits.
The police department and the power and light company renders good assistance at fires. The telephone service is relied on frequently to report fires. The aid from outside departments is negligible.
While the building laws arc comprehensive, they are below the standard requirements in fire protection features. The fire limits are insufficient with shingle roofs permitted outside of these limits.
The laws in reference to explosives and inflammables are generally good but not sufficiently inclusive; they are well enforced by the fire department. The local conditions are generally good.
Serious fires are probable throughout the congested value district which is mainly of joisted brick construction with no protection to vertical, party wall, or exposed window openings, with a great number of excessive areas. Blocks are unusually large but streets are wide and accessibility is fairly good. The fires should ordinarily be confined to the block of origin.