San Francisco Auxiliary Fire Protection System

Issue 23 and Volume 66.

San Francisco Auxiliary Fire Protection System As described in a previous issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, the city of San Francisco, Cal., is equipped with a modern auxiliary high pressure system for fire protection. The following interesting features were not included in the article, owing to a lack of space. The description is from the pen of Fred M. Hyde, assistant mechanical engineer: Fire Boats Two steel fire boats have been constructed. They are 120 feet long by 26 feet beam by 11 feet draft, and are fitted with Babcock & Wilcox water tube boilers, with a heating surface of 5,400 square feet. Each boat has two propelling engines and a speed of 12 knots per hour. They have two steam turbines of the Curtiss type connected to two stage turbine pumps, with a guaranteed capacity of 9,000 gallons and an actual capacity of 9,870 gallons of salt water…

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