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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1963 THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS School Fire Code f Ready In January II .V LAKRY KK.VMP ». v „„. . ,. „ „, „ ,„ „ public schools WHS settled ro- As ^cJntcd I'roHs Staff Writer contly by nn I|linois attornpy SPRINGFIELD, III. (AP) — general 's opinion. It puts the Five years nfter Illinois' shock burden on the state and county at 05 deaths in a Chicago school school superintendents, fire, (he state creeps closer lo Regulations issued by Puge — adoption of a new school fire w ' tn the advice of the stale safety code. health department, state archi- Stntc School Supt. Ray Page ll>( ' 1 nn(| state fire marshal — declares he will file the code in as lo minimum safety requirc- January with the secretary of «»cnls for protection againsl state. Filing makes it effective. ' irc ' ' n conslmction and main- However, because of disputes lenance of school buildings have that have been smoldering for precedence over miles issued by years, this final filing is uncer- llll> '"'e marshal, lain. Illinois Fire Marshal V\'u> 'Flic opinion went on to declare Ham Cowhey ranks as a chief "iai the state and local fire of- loe of some code provisions. ficials have no power or duty to Withcut agreement between inspect school buildings Unless education and fire inspection ,lu ' county superintendent re- authorities, adoption or a code quests. promises lo brim: reciminalioii.s llo .v Richardson, assistant su- afler any school "fire in Illinois pervisor of school buildings in that costs lives. i Page's office, described the Both safety camps sav their | c(xl0 objectives this way: primary goal is the safety of I "We arc charged with pupils. ' i sale evacuation of children. These finest ions are the heart! building and contents are of the controversy: What are the safest materials and construction? Who is best qualified lo deride these questions? Firemen, architects and engineers, or school officials? Page, when asked if it would take another school fire to decide who was right, replied, "Let's hope not." Advocates of the code say it's I he first official document (or Illinois public school safety, and the nation's only school code aimed at saving life above properly. Cowhey assorted that materials and construction allowed by the code fall short of insuring life safety. He said firemen know fire safety best. "They want us to put building safety first," Page said of Cowhey 's office. "Our first concern is for life safety." "They are not permitting us to make it safe for firemen to come in," Cowhey said. "The Bchool superintendents are working for education, not fire safety." Robert Cole, executive secretary of the Illinois Association of School Boards, says smokes and gases will overcome a person before heat sets off a sprinkler system. Cole said the aim of the code Is to set up smoke-stop screens and adequate exits so that pupils can be evacuated within a minute and a half. He said trials show schools can toe emptied in that time. Cowhey' s reply to this is: "We want to prevent the sprinkler system from going off. You can get asphyxiated in a minute and a half." Some pressure for a school tode developed from a 1959 Illinois supreme court decision saying governments were no longer immune from suits for damages. In the wake of 1hc 1958 Chicago school fire, suits totalling millions ot dollars were filed by parents against the Chicago Catholic archdiocese. More Importance is given to the dispute tlus year because public school districts received fcom the 1963 legislature the financial power for three years to put safety construction features into effect. Chicago already has a strict school fire code for public and private schools. The city council adopted it after the lives of 92 children and three nuns wore lost in the Our Lady of Angels school fire Dec. 1, 1958. Some living children bear its scars. The shock of the fire impelled the current search. The 1959 legislature resolved that Supt. George Wilkins, Page's predecessor, appoint experts to shape the code. Page's code, taken up where Wilkins' left off, would apply only to public schools, unless Cowhey adopted it for the private and parochial units under his jurisdiction for safety from fire. The question of Page's authority to issue the code for JUST 1 CALORIE PER 6 OZ. SERVING the The sec- ondaiy." A former safety engineer, he was an assistant stale fire marshal for 10 years. We are working for early detection, quick evacuation and iiolecled moans of agress," he said. But Richardson adds: "Mr. Cowhey is like us. He's trying to muke it safe for children. It's a matter of opinion." On specifics, it's harder to get a clear picture of the difference between the two safely camps. ige has not yet made the draft of (he code public. He says he will hold another public hearing first. And although Page says Cowhey has not filed formal objections, Cowhey says he doesn't know what's in the latest draft. Cowhey says the flame spread) rating of materials should be around 25, while the new code would allow 100, which is near the ruling for bure wood. Richardson disputes this, asserting materials allowed under the new code would rate from 25 to 75. Regarding Cowhey's criticism tiiat the code adopts 18 Inches as the standard of corridor and stairwell width for each 100 occupants instead of the 22 inches Cowhey asked, ~" said: We've got to use a little common sense. We allow .18 inches on existing schools where they don't have room to expand corridors and stairs." How does the new financial tool given by the legislature work? The burden is on the school districts. They must show state and county superintendents they lack money and that the existing building does not meet the new code. Then the district can levy not more than 5 cents on a thousand dollars property valuation for up to three years. But the levy must not total more than construction or remodeling cost estimates by architect and engineer. A FAIR CHOICE—The world's first "Atomedic Hospital," shown above, was dedicated recently at Montgomery, Ala. Now a duplicate of the hospital is being built on the site of the 19G4 New York World's Fair and will serve as the official hospital when the fair opens in April. Among the unique features of the circular, all-aluminum structure: • A completely automated food system. • Telemetry, such as is used with astronauts in space, to report electronically on such health factors as a patient's pulse and respiration. • Visual monitoring of patients over closed-circuit television. • Economy of construction, using aluminum panels. • Portability, making possible an airlift of hospital corn- poncnts to disaster areas. • Completely automated communications system. • Closely controlled atmosphere. DAHLGREN Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Marsh of Joliet were Thursday overnight guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Herzing. | The Marsh's visited with other I relatives and friends while here. They were en route to Clearwater, Florida to spend the winter months. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Rose re-' turned to their home in Washburn, III., Tuesday, after spending a week here in the home of their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Clay Kennedy. Mr. and Mrs. Riley Scrivner and Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Gibbs attended a youth meeting at. the Hopewell Baptist Church Saturday evening. I win N. Richardson and Miss Judy Hulvey of Paris, 111., spent the weekend in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Meal Richardson and Davlene. Robert Acks and son of Evanston, 111., visited with his sis- te, Mrs. Italene Allen, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. II. C. Gibbs attended the Evangelistic Conference held at the Park Avenue Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, Monday night. Kenneth Trotter of Lenzburg, III. and W. J. Trotter of Detroit, Michigan, visited their father, Alva Trotter here, and their mother, Mrs. Thcresia Trotter who is a patient in the Wilmar Restorium in Carmi, over the weekend. Clay Kennedy Jr. and son, Steve of Decalur, and Mr. and Mrs. John Kennedy and daugh- | Icr of Phoenix, Ariz., spent the | wekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clay Kennedy, John and family remained for a longer stay. S/Sgt. and Mrs. David Wicks and son, David left Monday for Faycltovillc. N. C. after spending the past 3 weeks here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wicks and other relatives. Mrs. C. W. Spruell went to E. St. Louis Sunday to be with her grandchildren while her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Glenn Spruell is in the hospital. Mrs. Spruell is to undergo a gall stone operation Tuesday morning. • Mr. and Mrs, FrAnlc Wlck» accompanied by S/Sgt nndMri. Davitl Wicks and son spent Wednesday evening In Mt. Vernon, visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Russell Jenkins. Lyle Crockett ot Eant St. Louis died Saturday night at 12:30. His funeral was held Tuesday in that city. Ho was the son of Mrs. Leila Klncald of Dahlgren. Louis Miller is a patient in the Memorial Hospital in Springfield, III. Mrs. Lola Miller was called to Jacksonville Friday on account of the illness of her son. . . . Mrs. Charles Cross, Cor. 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