The Superintendent resides at the principal engine-station in Watling-street.
The moment an alarm of fire is given, wherever it may be, he repairs to the spot with all possible expedition, and takes the command of the whole force.
He endeavours to ascertain the cause of the fire, and reports the same to the committee.
He is responsible for the general conduct of the foremen, engineers, and firemen under his charge.
He makes himself well acquainted with the character and conduct of every man under his orders.
He must be firm and just, and, at the same time, kind and conciliating in his behaviour on all occasions.
He takes care that the printed regulations and all others given out from time to time, are promptly and strictly obeyed; and he gives clear and precise instructions to the men under him, and reports every instance of neglect of a serious nature to the Committee.
He must feel the importance of visiting some of the engine-houses, at uncertain hours, every day and night.
He suspends and reports to the Committee persons who are guilty of serious misconduct; and at once punishes by fines, according to a scale sanctioned by the Committee, irregularities of a lighter character, reporting such fines to them.
He must be at all times prepared to furnish the Committee with particulars respecting the state of the Establishment.
When a fire is extinguished, the superintendent retains only such a number of men and engines as he may think necessary for watching the premises.
He communicates with the surveyors of stock of the offices interested in a fire, and arranges with them, in the event of its being necessary, to work out salvage from the ruins.
When a fire happens, he causes a report to be made immediately, if in office hours (or, if after office hours, before ten o'clock next morning), to those offices interested in the fire, and also to their surveyors of buildings and stock, as soon as possible after the fire is extinguished, and causes a daily report to be transmitted to each office of all fires which have happened, according to a printed form given to him for that purpose, as follows:— Date and hour.
Situation of premises.
Name and occupation of tenant.
Name and residence of landlord.
Supposed cause of fire.
In what offices insured.
No. of Policy.
If there is gas on the premises.
By whom called.
By whom extinguished.
Supply of water, with name of company.
No. of engines attending and of what district, and the order in which they arrive.
No. of men ditto ditto.
Engines not of the Establishment, and the order in which they arrive.
Description of damage.
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