Talks to Police on Co-operation at Fires
Fire Chief John Kenton, of New York City, addressed theranking officers of the police department of that city, numbering some 1.400, at police headquarters, on November 17. on the subject of better cooperation between the two departments. He later repeated his address to the police sergeants.
The chief commenced his address by congratulating the force on its work, especially commending the traffic division. He emphasized the fact that it was absolutely impossible for the fire department to function without the whole-hearted co-operation of the police. During the present year the fire department has had 20,000 alarms and 21,000 actual fires. Last year’s record was 23,000 more fires than the previous year. The police send in about 295 per cent of all fire alarms. Casualties and fire losses to a great extent are dependent upon the prompt pulling of the fire-alarm box and the speedy arrival of the firemen. That’s where the policeman plays an important role. He urged that all policemen, whether in plain clothes or not, jump in and hold up traffic when they see or hear fire apparatus approaching; see that they get the right of way to which they are entitled. This is not only a protection to firemen riding the apparatus, but also to the pedestrians and the occupants of the burning building.
Police Commissioner Enright, at the conclusion of Chief Kenlon’s address, after assuring him that the police department stood ever ready to co-operate in the fullest measure, hoped that the chief would feel free at any time to make any suggestions tending to cement both branches of the service in a closer co-operation for the betterment of the city. He was so impressed with the talk that he has arranged tor a deputy chief of the fire department to repeat the talk in the gymnasium to the reserve sections of the various squads in precincts, until the message has reached every member of the police department. Also, all future graduating classes in the police training school will he given lectures by a fire chief on the best methods of co-operating with the firemen at the scenes of fires.