10 May, 1988
Dollars needed to fuel the Princeton Fire Department]\
The 1985 study of the Princeton Fire Department found that a new firehouse, possibly costing $1.8 million, is needed. In addition, existing structures need renovation and repair.
If a 12-year bond is issued, it will cost an additional $1.1 million in expenses and interest.
On Feb. 11, at a reception honoring the firefighters, a capital campaign to raise $2 million was announced.
Church & Dwight Co. Inc., a national firm with headquarters in Princeton, kicked off the fund drive in establishing corporate support for the Princeton Fire Department.
Board Chairman and CEO Dwight C. Minton said “Church & Dwight has two good reasons to support the Princeton Fire Department Bicentennial Celebration. The company’s corporate headquarters are located on the same street, North Harrison, as Princeton Hook and Ladder Fire Company; and the second,” Mr. Minton said, ” was because of the long association of our core product Arm & Hammer brand Baking Soda, sodium bicarbonate, with the firefighting industry.”
Each year up to a half-million, red-and-white fire pail labels are distributed to fire departments, schools and other organizations. The labels contain specific instructions on what to do in case of small cooking fires, stove or barbecue grills as well as electric fires, outlets. heaters or small appliances. The labels also contain treatment procedures for minor burns and space for emergency telephone numbers. On the back of the label are instructions for making a simple but most effective emergency fire pail with a coffee can and baking soda.
In its simplest explanation, baking soda acts to smother fires by: reducing oxygen; reducing heat; inhibiting flame chain reactions. When sodium bicarbonate is heated, it releases carbon dioxide which works to smother the flames. The product is of food-grade purity and will not harm the food being cooked. A quick rinse off is all that is needed.
Mr. Minton sums it up this way: “Church & Dwight is proud to be able to provide a product that can help save lives and property. And we are pleased to be involved in and associated with such a vital industry as firefighting.”
PRINCETON FIRE DEPARTMENT BICENTENNIAL SPONSORS:
ADOLPH COORS CO.
APPLE COMPUTER INC.
ATHENIAN RESTAURANT & PIZZA
CHAMBERS WALK CAFE
CHARCUTERIE CAFE CHURCH & DWIGHT CO. INC.
THE PRINCETON COMPUTER CENTER
GEORGE COMFORT & SONS
COMMODITIES CORP. USA
ELIZABETHTOWN WATER […]
THE ENGLISH SHOP
HARRY M. STEVENS, INC.
HUB CITY DISTRIBUTORS,
NASSAU SAVINGS AND LO[…]
NEW JERSEY NATIONAL B,
OMNI NASSAU INN
PALMER SQUARE CORP.
PRINCETON AIR LINK
PRINCETON BUS. ASSOC. –
PRINCETON FLOWER SHOP
PRINCETON PACKET INC.
PRINCETON SHOPPING CENTER
THE PULLMAN CO.
THE TRUST COMPANY OF PRINCETON
UNITED JERSEY BANK, N.A
J.B. WINBERIE RESTAURANT & BAR
Burning desire to report fire
For two centuries the local Princeton press has faithfully reported fires through-out the town — sometimes with amusement — sometimes with irritation —sometimes with poetic imagery — sometimes with awe.
A few examples:
1875: “Two fires have occurred this week, both in the college. Evils seldom come single. Last week, after a long immunity from this devourer, we were obliged to record a burning. Happily, however, none of these gained much head-way. If they had, in each case a serious disaster would have been the result. But what next?”
In the preceding article as in all others, no changes have been made from the original as it first appeared. Faults of grammar and in several cases, unfortunate construction have been allowed to stand.
“LOCK YOUR DOORS — We would suggest to our citizens to lock their houses when they go out to fires nights. At the fire on Wednesday evening, we noticed several houses left open, while the family ran to see the fire. The occurrence at Prof. Green’s a few nights since, should make servants more careful not to leave their kitchens unlocked while they stroll away from the house, as is too commonly done.” And to indicate that the fund-raising effort for fire department equipment is an ongoing challenge, consider this article from late October 1905:
“To those who were spectator evening’s conflagration the […] the steamer could not help but be […]. The enterprising men who were tal in bringing to Princeton much-needed addition to the f[…] ment should be given the than community. They not only b[…] engine here, but willingly give time and work hard in the inter[…] community when the occasion and for all this they receive no even a team to haul the ap[…] furnished them — and still the working. The company still owe the steamer, and once more community to come to the front pay off this debt. Checks may payable to ‘Princeton Engine Co. Steamer Fund’ and addressed to pany at Princeton, N.J., whe[…] mediate acknowledgment will be who contribute. If you cannot give small amount will be gladly Remember, that in doing this benefitting the entire community […].
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