Cincinnati Department Hart Hit
The fire department of Cincinnati, O., of which Barney Houston is chief, has been so gravely affected by the epidemic that nearly every company was reduced to the lowest point at which it could be kept at work. Engine Company No. 8, of 10 men, was reduced to three, and the chief had to take the fire engine off and run the company as a hose wagon company. Engine Co. 1, also of ten men, was depleted to four, including both the lieutenant and captain. To keep this engine on the track men from other engine houses were sent there. Only the motor apparatus, in the opinion of many, made it possible to cope with the situation.
The apparatus of the fire department of Highland Park, N. J., consists of an American-La France automobile combination chemical and hose wagon, purchased in 1915. It carries a 40-gallon chemical tank, 250 feet of chemical hose, 2 chemical extinguishers, a 24-foot extension ladder, a 12-foot roof ladder, and 800 feet of 2 1/2inch hose. The minor equipment consists of axe, crowbar, extra chemical charge, hose straps, lanterns, 2 rubber play pipes with shut-off nozzles, rope and spanners.