Draeger Smoke Helmets and Pulmotors in New York Fire Department
The equipment of Rescue Company, No. 1. recently installed by the New York Fire Department, which company is under command of Captain John J. McElligott, includes Draeger smoke helmets and Pulmotors, also manufactured by the Draeger Oxygen Apparatus Co., of Pittsburgh, Pa., these two devices being important adjuncts of this company which has already rendered effective service. Draeger smoke helmets have been installed in large fire departments all over the world and the value of their use has been demonstrated in actual service so that they are rapidly coming to be considered an essential part of the equipment of well organized and fully equipped fire departments. Among the cities in which Draeger helmets have been installed are: Hamburg, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vienna, BudaPesth, Seattle, Yokohama, Cleveland, Pittsburgh. They were installed in the New York fire department after Commissioner Adamson realized the need for means of reaching the heart of a fire through dense smoke almost as soon as he became head of the New York department. He found upon investigation that two or three helmets had been bought by the department a few years before but had never been tested in a practical way. He also found upon inquiry that London, Berlin and other European cities and cities in America, notably Charleston, S. C., were making good use of helmets. Robert S. Mainzcr reported the efficiency of the English in handling smoky fires, and of similar oiaracter were reports from Commissioner Williams of Charleston. The installation of the Draeger helmets as part of the equipment of Rescue Company No. 1 followed. The company also went into commission equipped with Pulmotors, which like the Draeger smoke helmet are manufactured bv the Draeger Oxygen Apparatus Company, the efficiency of which has been successfully put to the test in various emergencies.