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DUNEDIN FIRE BOARD

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT OX CITY AND SUBURBAN BEQUIREMENTS. The monthly meeting of the Dunedin Fire Board was held yesterday afternoon, and attended by Mw-srs T. fhaliner ichairmiiii), J. Wilson, J. Aikio. 11. 1). Stronach, H. 11. fS. White, W. J. Bola-.m, and VV. A. Scott.

The Chriftchiuch Fire Board wrote asking that their action in making representation to the Government to onaVt that all warehouses, factories. business picmi?w>, boarding-houses, and (daces of amusement shall instil an efficient, oyt.lcm of automatic liro alarms, connected w:th a (ire station, be endoiecd. —The mr.G' r was referred to the General Committee for consideration, the opinion of the bo.nd generally being that while favotid-le to tho instalment of automatic ahonis in certain buildings they did not d.im it necessary at present to go to the b ngths suggested by tho Chrisuimn hj Id ard.— The Chairman said he t.onsiih r, d that tho improvements could not he effected by legislation unless tliey appli-d to the whole Dominion. It. was a matter for local bodies to deal with, ns. the law now stood.

The General Committee reported that accounts amounting to £437 Os Id had been passed for payment, and fhu the financial position as at Iteu'tnber 34 showed a credit of £2.625 Is 6d. after payment of aceountc.—lb. port adopted. It was decided to hold the next committee meeting on Jam ary 18. and the ordinary board meeting on January 25. RUPERINTENDEN TS R EPORT.

Superintendent Napier sebum ted his report on the, immediate requirements of the Dunedin fire district, together with hie views on the. suburban <1 strict-- under the board’s control, and dealing with any further probable amalgam:.baa of districts with the City. Tho report stand, inter alia: —Dunedin Central District.—

The fire alarm system is adequate for a considerable number ol yeans. New fire alarm cal! points will no doub! be needed from time to time as certain portions of tho City become more do.-ely built upon, but the wiring of the circuit- is such that in most instances it would be merely a matter of linking up with one of the present circuits, .which have all a reserve of power for this purpose. The report went on to deni with the necessity for a fire escajte ladder, a motor firo pump, first-aid motor, curricle ladder, and a motor bicycle. —Suburban Districts.— Having (seriously considered the relative needs of the Fiat and the Ro.Jyn suburbs, Superintendent Napier recommends that tiie board take into consideration tin- erection and equipment of the South Dnmdiu Fire Station, as the first step towards the protection of ihe district, hi-- reasons for so recommendin': lieing as follow:—That a larger area is p:elected from tins centre ; that the present equipment of (he South Dunedin and Caversham vohtm is distressingly inadequate ; ill at- the Fiat, having been incorporated with the City for a considerable time, has a. piior claim for further protection, and, inoroc.v-.-r, a larger number of 'ires occur in this dbfrict than in Ihe Ro.-dyn urea. Find hern-are, the Boidyn voinot --01 -. having a horsedrawn horse carriage, ate considerably more mobile than the hand-rr-cl brigades and with the fire .-da; ms which the board has contracted to erect in Ro.-lyn the district may fairlv he asked to take second place in tho proposed «•)•■'«:! i.-.n of Mat-ions, always providing that the delay in building and equipping ihe B-ftlvn station be not of too Jeng/hv a period, becrtti.-« tin? running of the CTly machines to calls in the bibs entails much greater wear and tear on an appliance: than the runs on the flat. Superintendent Xnnicr Hirp'o.i that if the financial side of the quedion should prove that a- delav of more than months Wimid ensue brtw.r-ri ihe completion uf Rnuth Dunedin and the coninvnerme nt of the R-oslvn stat : on. all cbnmc of the [ Flat be poet poped and the 80.-dmi station built first, because he ran fi.Hy ; d qnstelv furnish sr.me motion to the Flat front here, but- cannot !:■<]-finitelx continue In overtax the he-vv motor engine by periodical runs to Rnslyn. —South Dunedin.— The South Dunedin station would require to provide necommodat ion Dr a jiiarI ri-->d station officer and a in a fried jpotor- | man. hi nddifon to whi-h would In- q-.iar-l tors for six sfnele men---that is to say, three bedrooms. k : ti hen 'nd ire--s root ;t. bathroom and ’avatory. and if ii-.-silil.-, I It would be well to nuri-Ie a rev in ion , room where a email billiard tabic conhl be accommodated T'm -n-int- iiou-;- n’-I lie required to arcoi' inr/ia! ■ one vcl del ■ in the meanwhile, btil c-hoak-l 1,-- construtted with two doors ami K- wi-m enough to stand two acril'anres. < hits pro. riding for the future. Th-? staff minir’d to man the .-*.-t ; nn moo).] r One station officer, one nintorman. permanent firemen, and t.v n nuxii arv fi-e----li'on resident or- the ;i'eni!u-s at night. TH-' won! I provide for cn-«- of fi--,-being always available during the da crime, and at night- t ! m crew would be iperen --d tn eight. A find-aid motor tire apt Jjanc-* would bo. reqti'r-'d. am-i-- - a ,-p, cylinder, from. 808 ft to 1 .COOfr of J., t< e, a light extension ladder, nr! ■•!! the usual ■and necessary gear, Tr is ditlirtih to <■ •■■■ male or even approximate ih-> :r ; ! wire required m provide lh" f;d! .-darn; -v? teni fm- Cavers'iain S- n-ff- ,-<r; 1 1 7 Dunedin' hut- I would siier.-cct t| ; -, placing of fire alarm pom!--, could ruo-t suitably be proceesW) with ’u----n>-rd ,-d " ays working to ar ma,loved r-l-em • .-in b't.cing the whole district; in t-i< v. Tv a reasonable number of .darm--. c; rid i ■ ( m vided at the time of opening ti; • c:iU"a, rnd a further number of Im-as pbmed position an circnmsl.tm-os from tinr- t , time a,!lowed. The provision nf,tbe ul ov ■- mentioned dal ion. rr<-w. and cqurim , would epahie the lioaid to r.-iovjde - mire protection not only to fh» pr----.--e *• area, but also to’ the <*. Kilda distnrt when that- borough should se-!c th--> protection of the Fire Board. ;m <i this can onbbe a matter of a comparative!;.- short, t-m.-i. , —R-oslyn District.— The requirements of Ro-Ivn ar.,- pra-t:-cally identical with those of Srgrii Dtir:--diu. and the station, staff, and motor would be ■ very similar. The fire alarm inetrdlation. as now sanctioned bv the board.'is adcijt’.-nc meanwhile, and can be split np into other circuits when the inclusion of Mornington and Maori Hill becomes necessary. Extension of dislrTt: The prot ertion provided for Roslyn would bo adequate to protect the present Borough of Maori Hill and the greater part of the present Borough of Mcrnington, and the light- relieving motor I ■which it is proposed tn hold in reserve at the central station could easilv reach the other parts of Mornington from the CSty. —North-East Valley.— Tire problem of providing some adequate protection for this extremely hilly district can, I believe, bo left meanwhile, because j the provision of a fire alarm installation in i tho Valley will enable the vehicles from j the City to quickly reach the outbreak, j So for the present, at any rate, the re- I quired fire protection of the Valley can be said to be the installation of fire alarm call points. The report was referred to the committee, and will be fully diseased at the next joeetiog of the boaxd»

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DUNEDIN FIRE BOARD, Evening Star, Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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