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COAST GUARD DEVELOPS MONITOR FOR FIGHTING UNDER-DOCK FIRES

Issue 11 and Volume 97.

COAST GUARD DEVELOPS MONITOR FOR FIGHTING UNDER-DOCK FIRES Self-Propelled Floating Monitor Controlled by Tiller Lines, Can Reach Fires Under Piers FIGHTING fires on the under-side of piers and wharves has long been one of the most difficult tasks confronting harbor firemen. Construction of the structure is often such that it is impossible to successfully combat such fires from the topside. Although a number of devices have been developed for fighting such fires, most of them are “built-into” the structure itself, in the form of sprinklers, or “hose rails” or “tracks” designed to carry standard hose and special pipes underneath the flooring of the pier. Very few of the existing piers and docks have been equipped with such improvements however. After considerable experimentation, a device known as a “floating monitor” has been developed, and built by the Coast Guard, as licensee under the patent covering the product. A number of these…

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