A Simple Search Light For Fire Service.
The above cut shows an invention now being adopted by many of the city fire departments in Germany for lighting up the fronts of buildings when ladders are being raised for rescuing those endangered and at the same time providing a searchlight for the firemen working in rooms or on the roofs of buildings. It is the invention of Charles F. Manlein, an inspector of the Gamewell Fire Alarm company, who spent eight years in Europe installing Gamewell systems.
The main object of the invention is to provide light while raising ladders and to prevent their ends from striking against electric light, telegraph. telephone or other wires or projections such as balconies, cornices, etc. The invention is also quite valuable at tires where smoke is issuing from windows and the men at the windlass can barely see where the ends or tops of the ladders arc striking. In the winter time when it is very dark and the street lamps do not throw any light cn the housefrouts, the firemen arc often badly hampered in their work because of the need of light on their operations. It is at such times that the searchlight comes in very handy. The illustration shows a ladder raised and two floors completely lighted up, every brick and crevice showing plainly from the sidewalk. The photograph was taken without the aid of flashlights. The lamps arc ordinary 10 or 25 candlepower, even 8 candle-power are sufficient. They are fed from a small storage battery carried under the seat of the truck. Mr. Manlein has the invention covered by patents in Germany, but not in the United States, and would like American tire departments to introduce the appliance for which he will make no claims for remuneration of any kind. Further details can be had by addressing the inventor, at 19 Barclay street, New York.