VEHICLES CLOSE TO HYDRANTS.

VEHICLES CLOSE TO HYDRANTS.

Amendments which are to become part of the traffic ordinance in Kansas City, Mo., have been agreed upon by the Joint Committee of the council, the amendments having to do principally with automobile traffic, including the parking of automobiles and provide that in no place in the city may a car be parked within ten feet of a fire hydrant. The lining up of automobiles or other vehicles in the immediate vicinity of a fire hydrant is serious menace to a city because of interference with fire apparatus at a time when minutes mean so much. The parking of automobiles and plans for parking so as not to interfere with the fire service was one of the subjects at the Question Box discussion at last year’s convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers, the discussion being participated in among others by Chiefs T. W. Haney, of Jacksonville, Fla.; Fillmore Tyson, of Hopewell, Va.; William H. Bywater, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Charles S. Schnibben, of Wilmington, N. C.; R. O. Mesnar, of Canton, Ohio; Frank E. Henderson, of St. Louis, Mo.; John E. McFadden, of Memphis, Tenn.; John W. Wray, of El Paso, Tex.; John Kenlon, of New York City; George M. Kellogg, of Sioux City, Ia., and C. H. Henderson, of Bradford, Pa., and ex-Chiet W. B. Cummings, of Atlanta, Ga., who told of conditions in their various cities and the point was emphasized by many of the speakers that parking ordinances should be enforced. Such ordinances exist in many cities and the Kansas City action to make provision for control by ordinance is in line with up-to-date thought in fire service matters.

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