What is the Matter Here?
In the report of A. C. Hendricks, general inspector for the Natianal Board of Fire Underwriters, he expresses the following opinion concerning Elizabeth’s fire protection :
“ While the present manner of conducting the fire department in this city continues, serious fires may be expected. A call was made at several of the stations, and but two were found occupied. It was ascertained that the horses were owned by the companies, and each team was either worked upon the street sprinklers or engaged in teaming for the manufacturers and others, and many times were called long distances from the fire stations. At the station occupied by steamer No. 4 and truck 2, the inspector failed to gain an entrance. These companies and steamer No. 5 are located in the most combustible localities and nearest to the Central railroad shops and the Singer factory. At No. 3 steamer house a boy hose driver was found in charge and the steamer team out at work. At No. I steamer house and truck 1 the teams had just returned from work. No. 2 steamer house, and located nearest to the railroad stations, was found locked and the occupants out. With such a condition of affairs the recommendations to improve should be not only urged, but strongly insisted upon, for the present fire service connot afford the good protection requisite for a city of its importance and size.” _