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A meeting of the members ef this bo^y. was held at the Someoet Hotel onSafairday afternoon. Present Mesne R. Friedlander (Captain), 0. P. Ooz, Qeo. Jameson, A. Shury, W. H. Gtmdty, G. • St. Hill, T. R. Hodder, F. Pavitt, A. Curtis, EL Stephenson, and W. EL Zouch. The chairman said that the meeting had been called for the purpose of considering what steps can be taken to supply various parts of the town with tanks, in order to have a constant supply of water in case of fire. And also to consider the advisability of raising funds for the purchase of a steam fire engine,.to interview the Borough Council and Fire Association for grants towards such purposes. Mr C. P. Ooz said that it was patent to everyone that an increased water supply was necessary in various parts of the town, and that the present scheme was in no way adequate for the proposes of fire prevention in the Borough. If the inhabitants would bestir themselves, hs'was sure that the Fire Association would contribute most liberally towards the coat of erecting cisterns or tanks sufficiently large to hold enough water to keep two engines going. Substantial assistance would, he felt sure, be forthcoming, if the Insurance Companie’s saw that something could be done to prevent a repetition of what occurred at the last ' two fires, with'regard to the proper working of the fire engine. ‘He.would move that a memorial letter he written to the ■■ Borough Council asking that three or more concrete tanks be pot down opposite the most important blocks in the town, to . hold gallons, to be in readiness before a fire has broken oat, and that the undersigned agents of the various insurance companies and members of the' Fits, Police pledge themselves to use their best endeavors to secure support and contributions from their respectwp- companies, if efficient means are by the Council to enable the Fire Brigade to-he of real use in a case of emergency. Mr George Jameson seconded the resolution, and said he quite agreed with Mr Ooz that there existed the necessity for a better supply of water being obtainable at fires in the centre of- the town. He thought that had Quill’s Hotel caught fire on Friday there could have boon no possibility of saving it owing to there being no quantity of water ready. Mr St Hill said that he could not agree with the previous speakers. He was sum that the sumpatQup’aoorner was sufficient for three engmes, and that plenty of-water was obtainable when the water was let into the side channels. Owing to the outfall drain" being made the water was not allowed to go into the ride channels, > but in a few days it would be allowed to flow without intermission,: and then it ■ would be found that plenty of water for every purpose would be supplied, wherever sumps were placed. /They knew perfectly well that the Borough Council had no money, and if they waitediuntil 1 the Fire Brigades Bill was passed the insurance companies would have to gsy towards the cost of increased watorsupply ' to the Brigade. ' • ■ : >, Mr Peyntz asked whether the sqmpi 1 were made so as to supply sufficient water ’ in case of a fire for working-*: steam fire ‘ engine. < Mr St. Hill said that there quite > enough water in the samp at -QnOl'sL Hotel, and they could, not- pump it ont 1 fast enough the other evening. ' Mr Gundry agreed with Mr St. Hill, and thought that it would be better to ' procure a steam fire engine, and the 1 Council should be. asked to: contribute I towards the same. ’ , - .

Mr T. R. Hodder said it was decidedly, necessary to have some tanks or cisterns made to hold a good supply ofwatoc. Fully L 20.000 worth of property «u m jeopardy last Friday night, and only through great exertion with the private hose and buckets, eta, the fire was prevented from doing any further damage. The Chairman thought there was plenty of wafer in; the sump "as soon as It reached it, but means were requiaitoto keep always a supply available. M Mr Stephenson said that there was quite enough water in the side channels to keep four engines going. ;(■ He would suggest that tha key of the reservoir be kept at some place close to it, so thrt .watmr.oan.; be turned on at once. . Mr Sk Hill moved as an amendment* Mr Shury seconded—“ That it is desirable that immediate, efforts ,be made to provide a steam fire engine for the use of the Borough,-and instead©! concrete tanks, the, Borough Council’s attention should be called to the fact that it iS desirable that the west side of the. railway should be protected in ease- of foe.

A considerable discussion ensued as to whether the sumps were sufficient or not in case of fire. The amendment was then put, fire voting for it and six against. The resolution was then carried. Mr Cox thought that some arrangement could be made with the railway people to keep the key of the reservoir and so let on the water quickly in case of fire. Ho thought that the Brigade had worked well, but there was something wrong with the whole system. He thought-that Mr St Hill had misunderstood his meaning, and his resolution was merely to Show that a supply of water was always requited, in case of fire. It had been proved that in two instances already fires had occurred and no water was obtainable, and so long as tbi» state of things existed they ooqid not expect merchants or the Fire Assoew* tion to assist by increased grants. The place might be all burned down before the Fire Brigade Bill became law. They must do something at once, as there were no sumps, in his opinion, sufficient to supply a steam fire engine. Mr Si Hill said there was more than enough water for supplying a steam fire engine. If the merchants and the Association would show their liberality to a better degree than they had done they would have ample means to prevent fin spreading. Mr Cox said that the Association had not been so liberal as they might, have been, but could not be asked lor more until they were assured a totter jystem was proposed to be adopted in ■ this town. Mr Oundry mtfved, Mr Saunders seconded —“ That this meeting is of opinion that the present fire engine is auite inadequate to the requirements for the suppression of fire in the Borough of Ashburton, and that the attention of the: Council and the Fire Association be ballad- to the matter, and that the members of the Fire Police pledge themselves to use theirbest endeavors to provide a steam firoipigihe. Carried.

Mr Poynts moved and Mr Goodly seconded —“ That it be a recommendation to the Borough Countil to take stepefbc canvassing the town for the purpose of collecting subscriptionsfor tbepnrobase. of a steam fire engine.” Gamed. Mr Poyntz said he would like to know how muohthe insurance companies doing business in Ashburton would contribute towards a steam engine. His own company were prepared to give Llolos. - Mr Sundry thought that the Association would give liberally, if they saw that the public came , forward in the now spirit. Mr Hodder was of opinion that before much money was expended on tasks, a high pressure system of water supply should be tried. He would also sanest that a proper call' Or whistle should'be supped to the captain or lieutenant of the Fire Polios, in order to got his men together at the fire. Mr Shuxy suggested that two or more small force pumpe, mounted on wheels, v and capable of .throwing A stream of a quarter of an inch at aosjde, and that can be couplsd on te the ordinary pomp pipes in eaeb yard, bo obtained. Bach raould

, _yu -i.** - - - two ’chains of uii- - ■• j v Vh«e>*d codpling»‘tbat dan be attacho«l t<< luit to two inbhpipe well", ami be found of groat wsisiauce to *f. tWlargaeUgin* at fires. isi|r U-xTh* Chairman said that no doubt these ’i-1I -ipn»ll 'hoses would do good, and therefore ‘ ha would recommend them to the Council. , ■ The meeting then adjourned.

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FIRE POLICE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 380, 27 June 1881

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FIRE POLICE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 380, 27 June 1881