APPARATUS TO BE STRIPPED OF MANY ESSENTIALS
OPM Issues Regulations Covering Types of Motor Fire Apparatus Permitted, and Materials and Equipment Allowed
ON October 5, the Office of Production Management issued sweeping regulations which will seriously handicap builders of motor apparatus and other fire equipment. The order, as published by the O.P.M., follows: “Because of the necessity of conserving the supply of the materials and metals named in subdivision (5) of paragraph II below in order to meet the requirements for defense and essential civilian uses, the Office of Production Management requests each manufacturer of motorized fire apparatus to put the following program into effect beginning Oct. 6, 1941:
“I, It is not intended that this program shall apply to any equipment which, on Oct. 6, 1941, is under construction on special order and for which not less than 75 per cent of the materials and metals named in subdivision (5) of paragraph II below necessary for the completion of such equipment, according to the specifications contained in said special order, is, on Oct. 6, 1941, in your possession. By the percentage of said materials and metals in your possession on said date is meant a figure determined by computing the percentage of each of said materials and metals in your possession on said date and averaging the same.
“II. You are requested:—
- “(1) Not to manufacture or deliver the following types of equipment: (a.) Sedans of all types, (b.) Quintuple types, (c.) Service ladder trucks, (d.) Squad, salvage and reserve cars.
- “(2) Not to manufacture or deliver any models of pumpers except the following: (a.) 500-600 G. P. M. underwriters’ rating; (b.) 750 G. I’. M. underwriters’ rating; (c.) 1,000-1,250 G. P. M. underwriters’ rating.
- “(3) Not to manufacture or deliver forest fire trucks, crash trucks or booster tank trucks having a tank capacity exceeding 500 gallons or a pump capacity less than 100 G. P. M. or more than 400 G. P. M.
- “(4) Not to include a bell on any equipment manufactured or delivered by you.
- “(5) Not to manufacture or deliver any equipment containing any of the following materials or metals except as specified herein:
“(a.) Primary aluminum, except in ammeter needles and speedometer caps and in pistons in your possession on Oct. 6, 1641; (b.) Secondary aluminum, except in pistons and oil pans, in zinc die castings (if not in excess of 4 per cent), and in bearings to the extent that its use is essential to the efficient functioning of the bearings; (c.) Copper, except in radiator cores, electrical equipment, sirens, horns, gauge lines and inner coolers and fittings; (d.) Brass, except in suction hose couplings, suction tube caps, discharge valve caps, sirens, horns, engine bearings, valves (not including the handles), relief valves and governors; and in pumps, if iron cannot be effectively substituted; (e.) Nickel, except in piston pins for engines over 125 horse-power, engine exhaust valves and pump drive unit shafts, in pump shafts if chromium steel cannot be effectively substituted, in cylinder iron if not in excess of I’A per cent and in heavy duty gears; and plating to the extent that its use is essential to the efficient functioning of the gears and of the parts plated; (f.) Chromium, except in relief valves and seats and highly stressed steel parts including axles, shafts, gears, springs and motor valves; and in plating to the extent that its use is essential to the efficient functioning of the parts plated; (g.) Cadmium, except in plating w’here it is necessary to the efficient functioning of the parts plated; (h.) Tin, except in so far as it is essential in brass and bronze necessary for pump bodies, impellers, rotors, bearings, bushings and solder; (i.) Zinc, except in carburetors, fuel pumps and speedometers; in plating or coating; and windshield wipers where essential to the efficient functioning of the windshield wipers or of the parts plated or coated; (j.) Steel, except in those pa.rts where its elimination would impair the efficient functioning of the parts; (k.) Neoprene, and other synthetic rubbers excepting in valve packing, pump packing, hydraulic hose lines and fuel pump lines.
“III. The fire equipment section of the division of purchases of the Office of Production Management will be glad to receive from you information with respect to any aspect of this program which results in unnecessary hardship.
“Very truly yours,