Boston Looking for Motors
Among the recent visitors to examine the fire equipment of Springfield, Mass., were the members of the so-called Fire Hazard Commission from Boston, represented by the Boston Chamber of Commerce, the United Improvement Association and the Central Labor Union. This commission has made a very careful study of other cities, and recommends for Boston the precise procedure begun by Springfield, the gradual replacement of the city’s horse-drawn apparatus with motor-propelled equipment. The commission recommends the immediate purchase of the following motor apparatus: ten combination chemicals, six hose wagons, one aerial ladder truck, three ordinary ladder trucks, seven automobiles for district chiefs, one tractor for steam fire engine, and a few other automobiles for other department purposes. In regard to the aerial ladder truck, the report says: “We have advised only a small initial purchase of ladder trucks, as we believe that they are not yet such an assured success as our hose wagons. Springfield, however, has had most excellent results with the electric aerial ladder truck, and we advise the location of a truck of this type at Fort Hill square. The commission expresses itself as pleased with the detachable tractor with which Springfield has already experimented.