A Private Fire Department.

A Private Fire Department.

At its depot in Jersey City, the Pennsylvania Railroad Company has a fire service that is larger and more effective than that owned by the city. It includes a large number of hose carriages, chemical engines and fire apparatus, besides all the tugs and ferry boats, each of which is provided with fire apparatus. The latest addition to the fire service is a big duplex fire pump in the pump house just north of the east end of the big train shed. The pump bouse was built some time ago, and the pump has just been placed in position. Many a city has not so large apparatus for procuring its water supply. The pump weighs twelve tons, has an eighteen-inch suction and a sixteen-inch discharge. It throws 3100 gallons a minute and will supply tee streams through nozzles an inch and a quarter in diameter. Each stream will have force enough to carry clear across the big roof of the train shed. The daily capacity of the pump, if ‘it was used for a town water supply, would be about 3,464,000 gallons in each twenty-four hours. Tbe eighteen-inch suction pipe is laid through the bulkhead into the dock adjoining the Adams Express pier and has an inexhaustible supply of water from the river. The pump has two cylinders, each twenly-nine inches in diameter, and the pistons have eighteen-inch stroke.

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