DELUGE AND NOZZLE OUTFITS.
The Star of Washington says: As a result of the trial conducted Saturday 27, July of the Eastman nozzle and deluge outfits, Chief Dutton of the fire department today gave the Eastman company an order for three of the deluge outfits and for two of the nozzle outfits, at a total cost of $500. Saturday’s trial of these fire-fighting appliances was witnessed by the district commissioners, Col. Theo. A. Bingham, the officer in charge of public buildings and grounds; Capt. Harding, assistant to the engineer commissioner; a representative of the bureau of yards and docks of the navy department; Mr. W. A. McFarland, superintendent of the water department; the assistant chiefs of the fire department, and a number of the foremen and men of the department. A representive of the Southern Railway company also witnessed the trial, aud those present expressed the greatest satisfaction with the work of the appliances.
The preliminary trial w as made at Fifthteentli and B streets, engine No. 2 being placed in service there. With the Eastman outfits solid streams of water were thrown 200 or more feet, while with the outfits now in use in the district department the streams not only did not reach so great a distance, but also broke badly a few feet after leaving the old-time nozzles. After the trial at this point was concluded the party moved out to Sixteenth and U streets, where the same outfits were given a plug test. Without the services of a steamer, and with only a ping pressure of about fifty pounds, the Eastman outfits threw a two-inch solid streamof water 168 feet, the old-time nozzles not making more than half that distance.
It is the intention of Chief Dutton to equip the central companies of the department with the outfits ordered today, so as to give better protection to the business sections of the eity.