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(Eastern Lines)


Montreal, February 25th, 1914 Circular No. 8

To all Officers and Employees:

Instructions Covering Prevention and Extinguishing of Fires on or
in the Vicinity of Right-of-Way.

In carrying out this Order, it will be the duty of all officers and employees generally, to take precautions to prevent fires on or along the railway of the Company, to promptly extinguish and prevent the spread of fires outside the right-of-way, and to investigate and report fires and probable cause thereof.

When fire is noticed by any drain or engine crew, on or in the vicinity of right-of-way, they must notify first section gang after observing fire by giving three short whistles repeated twice.

Sectionmen, as well as such other employees of the Company as are available, must proceed at once to the fire, and take all possible and immediate steps to prevent its spreading, and, if possible, to extinguish it.

Conductor must send to Superintendent, by telegraph, from the first telegraph office, full report of any fire discovered by himself or of which he receives notice, giving the exact situation of the fire, its extent, and any other information which may be of value, particularly as to the means required to cope with it; and, when a fire threatens to be of any magnitude, copy of this report must immediately be telegraphed by the Superintendent to the Local Fire Inspector of the Board of Railway Commissioners.

If fire is of such an extent that sectionmen, or other local force available, cannot control it unaided, Superintendent, or, in his absence, his representative, must immediately arrange for the despatch of the Roadmaster, or other competent officer, with the necessary additional men, who can be drawn from those available in any department, and all necessary fire-fighting appliances, to the scene of the fire, and must so arrange the train service that they will get to the fire with the least possible delay, in order that no time may be lost in getting it under control.

The officer in charge must also arrange to obtain promptly complete statements from all witnesses so that origin of and responsibility for the fire can be accurately determined.

Employees must not do or cause damage or injury to any of the fire-protective appliances on any engine. The back dampers of engines must not be opened while running ahead, or the front dampers while running tender first, except when there is snow on the ground, and it is necessary to take such action in order to have engines steam properly.

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