Booster Tanks Replace Chemical Tanks
Nowadays, most fire chiefs know that the soda and mixture in a chemical tank are no more effective as a fire extinguishing agent, for all practical purposes, than plain water under pressure. The result has been the almost universal tendency to replace chemical tanks with booster or water tanks which not only have all the advantages and none of the disadvantages of the other but are obviously more economical and dependable.
In line with this trend, W. S. Darley & Co., of Chicago, build a complete booster tank unit (as illustrated), in sizes from 60 to 100 gallons, that can be set in Unhose body of a pumper or mounted across the frame of a truck in place of an old chemical tank.
The Darley catalogue, copies of which may be had for the asking, contains an interesting discussion of the relative merits of chemical and booster tanks that’s worth reading.
Mayor Curley of Boston, Mass., is scheduled to appoint four District Fire Chiefs, ten Captains and thirty privates of the Fire Department. Chief Fox asked for fourteen new Captains but the number was cut to ten and he disregarded the recommendation to make ten privates Lieutenants. There are at present 1,052 privates and the full quota is 1,112. Of the number in service, 73 are not performing fire duty.
Madison, Wis., has contracted to purchase a Mack aerial truck and a Seagrave 600-gallon pumper.