A FIRE TRICYCLE.
D. E. Dempsey of Geneva, N. Y., is the inventor of a new piece of fire apparatus which is destined to fill a vacancy where light and quickly moved appliances are the chief requirements for fire extinguishment. This machine is a tricycle with the usual number of three 48-inch star wheels. It can be worked by one or three men, or by adjusting a lever, can be drawn by hand. It carries two six-gallon extinguishers over the axle of the rear wheels, and underneath these are two boxes containing chemicals for charging ; also a crowbar. The extinguishers are held in position by a patent clamp instead of being secured by leather straps, an arrangement which enables them to be removed without delay, and the body of the machine to be converted into a hose reel if necessary. Mr. Dempsey had one of his tricycles at the firemen’s convention at Cortland and explained its useful points, and showed how rapidly it could be taken to a fire. He demonstrated that his invention is likely to prove very valuable in places where buildings are isolated and not easily reached by heavier apparatus. The machine looks very attractive in its nickel-plated dress, and will doubtless prove a cheap and valuable addition to many fire departments.
—W. E. Churchill of Mohawk, N. Y., a talented member of the New York Stale Firemen’s Association, who was appointed last year to prepare a form of memorial service for deceased firemen, submitted the result of his labors at the recent convention at Cortland. The wisdom of selecting Mr. Churchill for this task was amply demonstrated. The work is entitled to high praise, and will, we think, meet with general favor. We understand it will be issued shortly in book form.