AUTOMOBILES FOR FIRE CHIEFS.
In these days of hustle and progress, when the upto-date fire chief is studying the latest and most improved apparatus and firefighting devices to introduce in his department, the automobile, for his own use, should not be overlooked. The chief who uses an automobile can get to the fire in half the time he did when using a horse, and no matter how many runs he has to make and how frequently they come in, his auto is always ready for instant use. He will also find it handy in making his round of inspection, as he can get from one company to another so rapidly that it is possible to make many more inspections or do the same number in much less time than he could with a horse. Chief Croker, of the New York department, is always one of the first at a fire when answering an alarm, and in many cases it is necessary for him to run his machine through several miles of crowded streets.
Of course, in considering the kind of motive power for a fire chief s use, it is necessary in order to get the best results that a machine be selected which requires but little attention and is always ready for instant use the minute he sits in the seat. The vehicle which is started by merely turning a lever and can be brought to an instant standstill is to be preferred.
As there are several makes of electric vehicles, some of which are as yet practically incomplete, he must be careful to select one that is strong, durable, and simple in construction, absolutely safe, easily manipulated, and equipped with the latest and most perfect brake and control ing devics as well as being lightly and gracefully built. After testing them all, he will select the Ajax, which is the best as well as having about double the mileage of other electric machines. The storage batteries used by the manufacturers of the Ajax were selected after trying all the different makes, as they answered better for automobile purposes than any other. President A. L. Simpson, of the Ajax Motor Vehicle company, 220 West Thirty-sixth street, Manhattan, New York, has a special runabout for fire chiefs’ use, which is sold for $850.