FIRE SERVICE FOR RAVENSBOURNE.
TO THE EDITOR.
Sir, —Last Friday a mooting of Ravensbourne ratepayers' was informed bv the -Mayor that on the suggestion and at the request of some 25 ratepayers the council hail decided to have a- poll taken on the question of a local fire brigade. As a tpeaker at that meeting said, wo cannot have too much protection against fire, and a properly-equipped and efficient brigade would be very desirable. Now, I be« to submit that tboinrlt we have capable and enthusiastic young men to man tho brigade. an<l could no doubt purchase tho necessary equipment, there aro several circumstances that would make it impossible for u.s to have an efficient lire serj vice. In the first place, the houses in | and Rothesay are mostly | built on steep hillsides, and" many of I them are difficult of access. Tho time that ] must elapse between the discovery of the i firo and the arrival of tho brigade at ! most of these houses would vary between '■ 15 and 30 minute.s, perhaps more, sup- : posing the brigade to bo on the spot as ! fiuickly as possible. If a. fire had a start \ of 15 or more minutes in a wooden bouse, ! (he brigade would arrive to find they could Ido nothing. Again, tho members "of the i brigade would all (or nearly all) bo absent j from Ravensbourno all day, so that their services would only be available at night. Summed up, the position is this: About I one-half of tho population—that in the i vicinity of the Main road—would have a j more or less efficient fire service at night. j but none in the day time. The other half of tho population would have no efficient fire service at all, but would have the honor of being rated to provide for the I protection of the dwellers in the vicinity I of the Main road.—l am, etc., Ratepayer. December 10.
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FIRE SERVICE FOR RAVENSBOURNE., Evening Star, Issue 15675, 14 December 1914