Ahrens Motor Pumping Engine at Detroit
The Ahrens-Fox motor pumping engine recently delivered to Detroit, has been assigned to the station at Griswold and Clifford streets. It was tested before a large number of city officials under the direction of John P. Ahrens, vicepresident of the Ahrens-Fox Engine Company of Cincinnati, on April 26, and immediately accepted by the commissioners. Drawing water from the river, the engine pumped 917 gallons a minute, which was 300 gallons more than its guaranteed capacity. Pumping from a plug, this quantity was increased to 966 gallons. The new engine weighs 13,500 pounds and cost $10,000. It is capable of making from 35 to 40 miles an hour and is remarkably easy running despite its solid tires. It is equipped with a Deko self starter, carries 1,500 feet of hose and has accommodations for 14 men. It is well equipped with electric lights, has powerful headlights and a big searchlight.
The names of the men of No. 3 engine company shown in the illustration herewith are, reading from left to right: Lieut. J. Ockenfels, J. Sullivan, O, Zanger. W. Israel. J. Gurry, Capt. O. Seibert, A. Granke, E. Geams, VV. Knottwell, including John P. Ahrens, standing, and Arnold Neuenschwander on engine of the Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Company.