Battle Creek Motorizing.
Chief W. P. Weeks, of Battle Creek, Mich., “s “motorizing’’ the department, having already put two big,specially built cars into use. Auxiliary motor No. 1, a combination chemical engine and hose wagon, motor-driven, carrying ten men. responds to every alarm from any district, and quite frequently “beats in” the out lying engine companies on runs to the resideuce districts. East week it responded to an alarm, found the services of the department unnecessary, turned around and met Engine Companies Nos. 2 And 4 downtown, saving them a mile run. The other car is a specially built Jackson, which carries hire Chief Weeks, Supt. of Electrical Equipment Gritzner and two men. to every fire. This means that instead of half a dozen firemen for immediate use in the outlying districts, a dozen or more men are turned over to the nearest engine company as an auxiliary almost before the hose is laid. Battle Creek has four hig engine houses built with an idea of beauty as well as utility, and none of them mars its surroundings. Each has a chemical engine and steamer except No. 1, the central station, which contains two motor cars, a horse-drawn combination wagon, and an aerial truck and water tower. On addition, the police department has a fully equipped auto which will hereafter respond to all fires, carrying a squad of patrolmen. ropes for keeping away the crowd, emergency apparatus, and the like.
The fire chief of the Abilene. Texas, department has recommended the purchase of automobile fire engines.