The New Orleans Salvage Corps
At noon yesterday the Central Station of the Salvage Corps of the city was formally opened. The building used for this station is a four-story brick building situated at No. 162 Julia Street, between Camp and St. Charles Streets, and is provided with all the necessary apparatus for preventing fires. The opening of the station had been formerly announced, aud was witnessed by the Board of Underwriters in a body, and a number of citizens. In order to convey an idea how the corps is disciplined, an exhibition of the manner in which the men are drilled was given to the spectators. At a given moment the alarm of fire was sounded.
The horses were hitched to the wagons, and in less than seven seconds, in a gallop, crossed the sill of the entrance gate. , They were driveu down Camp Street, and returned after a short run. Upon the arrival of the men at the station, the men, each having a water-proof cover and tarpaulin, ran up to the second floor, and in a moment all the furniture in the room was covered up, showing an effective method of preventing damage by water. After a number of evolutions, displaying the system and discipline of this corps, the gentlemen present were invited to partake of an elegant lunch prepared for the occasion.
One of the interesting features of the institution is that every thing about the building is worked by telegraph. The blankets are stripped from the men’s beds when the alarm is sounded, preventing them from entangling themselves in them when hurrying to their posts. A portion of the flooring above the stables is also lowered by electricity, allowing passage to the driver of the wagon, who steps from this platform to his seat in an instant, giving him immediate control over the horses which are being hitched to the vehicle.
The corps is under command of Capt. A. Kolinski, the originator of the system, and he is assisted by Messrs. James Welsh and James Bulger and ten young and able-bodied men.
As a whole, the system is a valuable one, and cannot fail to render great service to the community. The corps were decorated in a uniform of red caps and blue jackets.—N. O. Picayunt, Nov. 7.