Westchester Chiefs Adopt Zoning Plan
After the reading of a report of the Ways and Means Committee of the Fire Chiefs’ Emergency Plan by its Chairman, former Battalion Chief Roy Wooley, Larchmont, N. Y., the report was adopted by the Plan. (Nota—Details of this report will be found on page 224 of this issue.—EDITOR. The meeting, which was the closing one for the season, was held at the River View Manor Fire House, Hastingson-Hudson, with Chief Earl tvrows. President, in the chair. The members were welcomed by Fire Commissioner Fred Charles, of Hastings. Treasurer Riviere reported the organization to be in good financial condition.
A short paper was read by Chief John J. Brennan, Pelham Manor, and a retired Battalion Chief of the New York Fire Department, on “Water Supply and Fire Flows.” Water, Chief Brennan said, is the natural enemy of fire and is the chief tool of the Fire Department. The National Board of Fire Underwriters gives greater importance to water supply than to the Fire Department itself as a fire suppression agency, assigning 1,700 points out of a total of 3,000 points of deficiency to the water system as compared to 1,500 to the Fire Department.
The Water Works Superintendent, Chief Brennan said, is interested in furnishing adequate quantities of water at good pressures for fire protection, but he is also interested in safety of the supply for drinking purposes. For this reason, the water works authorities might be so concerned with the purity of the water, as to neglect the matter of fire flow. It is, therefore, important for the Fire Chief to work in close cooperation with the Water Works Superintendent, so that, in designing the water supply equipment, there may be an adequate quantity of water available for maximum fire drafts under the most severe conditions.
In order to provide positive service under all conditions, duplicate supply mains of adequate diameter must be provided. In determining the size of water mains, the fire flow must be taken into consideration, and also whether the district is business or residential. Chief Brennan cited the Underwriters’ requirements for maximum fire flow as from 1,000 g.p.m. for 1,000 population, to 12,000 g.p.m. for 200,000 population, and for over 200,000 population an additional fire flow requiring 2,000 to 8,000 g.p.m. The water mains must be of sufficient size to furnish maximum daily consumption, plus these fire flows. It is therefore apparent that a growing community must continually increase its water main capacities, in order to fulfill these requirements.
It is generally a part of the Fire Department’s duty to inspect and in some cases to install and repair fire hydrants. A part of this work should be to measure fire flows and main pressures. This should be done at least annually, and permanent records be kept for reference. Such a plan would reveal any closed valves or other weaknesses in the system. In closing, Chief Brennan urged a more close cooperation between the chief executives of the Water and Fire Departments.
A vote of thanks was tendered to Chief Brennan at the close of his paper.
Secretary Dawkins outlined the work he intended to push the coming year. He referred especially to the matter of arson investigations.
Chief Brennan suggested that the Secretary communicate with the District Attorney of Westchester County and ask for his cooperation in fighting cases of arson. Chief Bernard Scully, of Westport, Conn., announced that Assistant District Attorney Wilbur H. Horan was present. Mr. Horan offered a most hearty cooperation with the Chief of the county in the prosecution of cases of arson. He believed that the heads of Fire Departments could do no more than he could in obtaining evidence in such cases.
At the request of the Chair, Robert H. Lockwood, Associate Editor, FIRE ENGINEERING, described a plan of cooperation adopted bv the Fire Department of Northern Kentucky. (NOTE.— Details of this plan will be found on page 225.—EDITOR.)
President Krows announced the Committees for 1934-35 with their Chairmen, as follows:
Entertainment—ftiief Steuhl; Membership—Chief Brennan, Verplanck; Ways and Means—Ex-Chief Wooley; Publicity— Deputy Chief Hagelston; By-Laws—Officers and Board of
Directors; Civic—Chief Brennan, Pelham Manor; Educational—Chief Dobbs; Finance—Chief Howe; Sergeant-at-Arms —Assistant Chief Faleh.
It was decided to hold the next meeting at Ossining, N. Y., on October 17. Relreshments were served by the Hastings Fire Department at the close of the meeting.