Oakland, Calif., is fast coming into the limelight for its rapid growth and efficiency and improved fire equipment; from the First Aid Box to the latest combination engine and truck.

With the grand old horses and noble steeds they were all the old paraphernalia has given place to the new. We almost forget the volunteer days of the hand pumps and the bucket bridade, when our great grandfathers fought fire. Only are we reminded on the street when we chance to see the Fire Department fly by with the old fire helmets, all that is left of the times long ago, and this too must soon be replaced by the new, and Oakland may be the first city to make the move.

During the last month with truck No. 1, a new fire helmet has been seen at the fires, and the severe tests it has withstood promises to make it the regulated fire helmet of the future. Its cost is considerably less than the cost of the old helmet, it has greater durability, and the men like it because of its snug-fitting, adjustable lining, which makes it comfortable to wear, where the old one is not. Is half its weight or about eleven ounces; is lighter than aluminum of equal strength, and equally as strong as the old helmet. Withstands four hundred pounds and in a wet test withstands electricity of 5,000 volts, which the old will not do. Is acid and waterproof, heat resisting, and will maintain its neat appearance.

The new helmet is small and has a smooth crown which is not easily knocked off by a spray from the high stream, and can be worn under all conditions, giving protection to both head and neck.

With the new fire hazards as we have them in these days in the tall buildings, masses of live wires, skylights, concrete, etc., the new Fire Helmet is very timely.

Its design is a combination of the Southwester and English Fire Helmet. Patented by L. G. Wagner, Alameda, California, a local inventor, who is evidently well on the road to fame.

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