Wartime Fire Defense in London
The three New York City firemen, Battalion Chiefs Daniel A. Deasy and J. G. Wedemeyer, and Firemen George T. J. Scott, who traveled to London last year to observe fire fighting operations in that city, have recently had their recommendations recorded in book form. This report is being made available by the United States Conference of Mayors, 730 Jackson Pl., N. W., Washington, D. C. to Fire Chiefs in the cities throughout the country. The book sells for $3.00; it contains 86 pages, illustrated.
The men made a rather complete coverage of all topics included under and resulting from fires caused by aerial bombardment. These topics include: Water Supply of London; Subways; Marine Plan; Organization and Response; Gas Mains, Electric Conduits and Sewage System; Telephone Service; Food Supply; Debris Removal; Fires and Their Cause; Bombs Used on England and Their Destructive Force; Pumps Used in Fire Brigade; Public Health and Evacuation; Decontamination of Gases; Fire Extinguishers; General Education of Public Regarding, Roof Watches, Roof Spotters, Fire Appliances, Air Raid Shelters, and Blackouts; Observation Posts, Regional Control in England; and Balloon Barrage.
Under each topic there is a list or discussion of conditions as they existed in London during aerial bombardments and fire fighting operations. With these observations as a basis, recommendations applicable to our cities are made that would tend to eliminate the shortcomings and unfavorable conditions.
Photographs have been included in the back of the book of fire apparatus and equipment, both land and marine, used in the extinguishment of London Fires; Damage wrought by various types of aerial explosives and other miscellaneous pictures. Drawings have also been inCommunications for Typical Battalion corporated in the report of Telephonic Layout; Placement of Auxiliary Companys; and a Triangular Gun Fire Map Used on Outposts.