ANOTHER DEMONSTRATION OF THE SUPERIORITY OF MOTOR APPARATUS.
The advantage of motor apparatus as agains_____ horse drawn which is constantly being demonstrated in various ways, such as economy of operation, and ability to get through roads impassable to ordinary horse drawn vehicles, etc., has just been again demonstrated in Portland, Me., where according to press reports the firemen recently answered a total of 16 bell and still alarms from Saturday morning to Sunday night. One local newspaper says: “While this does not equal the record of a short time ago the department horses were pretty tired last night. The alarms were split up, the city proper, Deering and Peaks Island answering to the various alarms, most of them being for grass fires.” This demonstrates the superior value of motor apparatus not only for the ability to “get there” but to keep on “getting there.” Horses get “pretty tired”; they get exhausted, but motor fire apparatus has no legs to get exhausted. The danger of horses becoming tired out is, of course, greatest where, as in the recent instance at Portland, there are a succession of runs to distant points. The motor driven apparatus can meet this situation just as it can that of a long run.