American La France Motor Pumping Engine Test at Fort Myers

American La France Motor Pumping Engine Test at Fort Myers

The American-La France type 12 motor pumping engine recently delivered to the city of Fort Myers, Fla., exceeded the contract requirements at the official test and the “Fort Myers Press,” in its issue of April 8, said: “The new fire truck recently purchased by the city from the American-La France Fire Engine Company of Elmira, N. Y., was given a most thorough test covering all contract requirements yesterday afternoon, the new machine, in charge of J. L. Devon, a representative of the company of Atlanta, not only coming up to the requirements of the contract, but in every test exceeding the various stipulations. The demonstration, which was conducted in the presence of a number of the members of the City Council, and which was witnessed by a large assemblage of interested spectators was held shortly after 3.30 P. M., the balance of the afternoon being occupied at various points in the city where the conditions offered favorable opportunity for the display of the power and effeciency of the apparatus. The first test made, known as the ‘capacity’ test, was conducted on Ireland’s dock, two 50-foot lines being laid, carrying 1 3/8 inch and 1⅛ inch nozzles, respectively, water being secured through a suction line from the river. The powerful engine, despite a 12 foot lift, delivered a discharge from the two lines of 850 gallons per minute at a pump pressure of 122 pounds net, exceeding the Underwriters’ requirements in both pressure and discharge by approximately 15 per cent. In order to demonstrate the facility with which lines of hose are laid from the car, a 450-foot length was run along the dock, this line being used in a ‘high pressure’ test, which was next undertaken, the results in this test being also in excess of the requirements, a pressure of 260 pounds being developed at the pump, an excess of 30 per cent. Following the test conduct on the dock, the machine was attached to the hydrant at the corner of First and Hendry Streets where a display demonstration of the range of the various streams was made. Two lines of hose were first laid under 1-inch nozzles following which one line was operated under a 1 1/2-inch nozzle, the engine throwing from this line. 700 gallons of water per minute a distance of 210 feet. H. A. Layco Chief of the Fire Department, accompan by H. E. Hoitman and W. C. Biglow, members of the Council, accompanied Mr. Devon on a run through the outskirts of the city, where several of the heaviest sandbeds available were traversed with the utmost ease, the machine being operated through the most difficult spots with the use of no other than ‘high’ and ‘intermediate’ gear. On the return, a speed test was made, 40 miles an hour being registered. The various members of the Council expressed themselves as being very much impressed by the demonstration.”

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