THE FIRE PROTECTION OF CITIES HAVING WATER FRONTS
Valuable Property Dependent Upon Fireboat Service to Stay its Destruction.
A very large number of cities in this country border on the water, especially so is this the case with the cities located on the shores of the great lakes. Duluth, Buffalo, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago and Toronto exemplify the large manufacturing centres that are continually exposed to great risk from fires occurring along their waterfronts. Some of these places are comparatively well provided for; but none are protected to the extent that they should he, in order to withstand serious conflagrations. The fireboat is the mainstay of cities so positioned; hut. as in the cases of Buffalo and Chicago, special cast iron mains are run from the wharves into the business sections of the cities and provide the very best means of fire protection. In the number of fire boats in commission New York has the best fire protection. The very large waterfront along the Fast and North rivers alone make it necessary that a considerable fleet of these fire machines should he maintained at the highest point of firefighting capacity. The New Yorker is probably the most powerful fireboat in commission. It is capable of throwing ten powerful streams at one time. In the illustration given of the fireboat Strong, it will he seen that a large number of streams can be brought to bear upon a fire from a boat of this size Milwaukee has recently improved her firefighting boats by adding upper platforms, from which streams’ may be thrown from nozzles and standpipes several feet above the deck of the boat upon any burning building or ship where the fire has to he fought from a high position. This is a considerable improvement over the regular fireboat, with its standpipe and nozzles. Considerable interest is taken in the equipment of the fire service of the lake cities, as will be seen by the reports of the fire engineers of these places. It has become apparent to them that much depends upon good fireboat service where large buildings arc along the waterfront, and they are continually agitating that this may lie further improved to meet any special reouiremenfs thev may be called upon to meet Milwaukee has recently added a new boat: Cleveland has another under way , Chicago and Detroit are somewhat behind in this special equipment; and so. also, is Boston. The object of this notice is to call the attention of the authorities of these cities to the great importance of seeing that the vast amount of property surrounding their waterways should be made secure against fire by putting in commission sufficient fireboats to command in those places where serious loss might arise from destructive fires. Portland, Ore., is a very good example of what should be done in this line. The illustration given below of the new boat Williams, recently commissioned in that citv, shows that the authorities of that place are fully alive to the importance of providing its waterfront with such powerful machines. Other cities similarly situated ought not to lose time in seeing that they are properly supplied with these adequate means of protecting their property.