A Toboggan Fire Escape.
At the annual convention of the National Association of Fire Engineers in Springfield, last August, an exhibition of an aerial truck with toboggan attachment was given, which created much attention at that time. So vital is the importance of quick ladder service that short delays in getting to fires and operating when on the ground often cause great risks of loss of life with the first stroke of the fire alarm. Any improvement, then, in the working of ladders will always meet with recognition.
The new invention of the Gleason and Bailey Manufacturing Company of 181 Mercer street, New York, is claimed to be a decided improvement in the way of life saving. To an cightyfive-foot ladder is attached a life car or basket which can be raised to any window in about forty-five seconds. A fireman operating from the ladder detaches the fire basket from its hook on the end of the rope that runs over a pulley on the top round of the ladder, and the fire escape is lowered with the same remarkable speed and safety. Full information in regard to this invention can be obtained from the manufacturers.