Conversion Program Progresses in Ontario
If the people of Whitby or any other Ontario town would like to buy the surplus hose reel and pumper of, say Windsor this fall there would be no problem, once the matter of the price was settled. This was one of the points brought out recently during a tour of inspection of the Empire Brass Foundry, London, Ontario. This tour was made by Civil Defense Director Hon. Arthur Welsh, Provincial Secretary, and his officials in the Fire Marshal’s Branch. The government party were inspecting the manufacture of all the various fittings, gadgets, and other apparatus which, when installed on hydrants ana fire fighting installations throughout the Province of Ontario, will result in all equipment being interchangeable everywhere in the Province.
Known as the standardization pro gram, the immediate objective is to bring unification to the 46 different hose ana hydrant coupling threads and the 26 different types of spindle nuts (for turning on water at hydrants) to one standard thread, 2 1/2-inch size throughout the Province of Ontario.
Since there are 459 fire departments in the 900 odd Ontario municipalities, with another 350 localities under protection from fire-fighting units, and several hundreds of thousands of different couplings, outlets and hose accessories to be converted, the number of pieces of equipment which the Empire company will have to make to complete the job will be at least one million.
Directing the project, which employs three mobile converter crews, is Deputy Fire Marshal Ed. Bevis, now on loan to the civil defence authority for the duration of the standardization project.
Southwestern Ontario, major industrial center of Canada, will have completely standardized fire fighting fittings this coming autumn. This has been forecasted by Fire Marshal W. J. Scott. This area covers all of Ontario west of Cobourg and South of Georgian Bay. and this area will bring over two and a half million Ontarians under the unified system of fire protection. The size and type of thread adopted as standard was that in use in the City of Toronto and 40 other larger cities, and therefore the task of conversion was lighter than it might otherwise have been. The big industrial areas are being converted first as it is in these centers most of Ontario’s new plants are locating and therefore the proper equipment could be installed in the building stage.
Hon. Col. Welsh expressed himself “considerably impressed” by the efficiency of operations in the manufacture of standardized fittings, and also in the conversion program. This project is paid for on the basis of two thirds by the Province and one third by the Federal government. Beyond co-operation by the municipalities, it costs them nothing for the changeover of their old equipment to the new standard. Local authorities send in specifications on hydrants and fire equipment in use in their area; blue prints are prepared and necessary parts and equipment to convert are manufactured. Then the Ontario mobile crews go out and make the installations and finally ship the salvage back to the foundry.
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Ontario Conversion Program
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