EMERGENCY COMPANY PART OF PITTSBURGH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Apparatus Constructed Along Special Designs— Chief McAuliffe and Assistant Chief Reilly of Chicago Trained Members of New Company
THROUGH the persistent efforts of Chief Richard L. Smith of Pittsburgh, Pa,. the department has installed an emergency squad company. The company was organized on April 16, 1927, but only eighteen hours after the company was established, it rendered service at a four-alarm fire.
The company has been placed in service in the downtown business district, with a crew of twelve men. A captain, driver and four squad men are assigned to each turn or platoon.
The apparatus was built from special designs by the AmericanLaFrance F’ire Engine Company.
The body of the apparatus is constructed of heavy gauge sheet steel, heavily reinforced. It is 9-foot 5 inches long, 4-foot wide and 1 foot 11 inches deep. The forward part of the body is divided into three separate cross wise sections or compartments, each section approximately 1 1/2 feet wide, 1 foot 11 inches high and 4-foot long with a door on the end of each section or compartment used to carry a part of the general fire fighting equipment. The rear half of the body, 5 foot 1 inch long is used to carry 50 salvage covers or tarpaulins. A tool box 5 foot 1 inch long, 14 Jo inches wide and 6 1/2 inches deep, mounted on each of the running boards, divided into a number of sections carries the small fire fighting tools and equipment. A large electric search light mounted on the front of the body, a Sterling siren and a locomotive bell are part of the equipment.
The equipment carried on the new apparatus consists of the following:
One forty-gallon chemical tank with two hundred feet of threequarter inch chemical hose; two standard fire department type Foamite fire extinguishers; two ten-foot folding ladders; two Grether electric hand lamps; one six-pound fire department pick axe; one twelve-foot pike pole; one battering ram; one large crow bar; one claw tool; one New York lock breaker; one twelve-pound sledge hammer; one small cross cut saw; one twoman cross cut saw; one eighteen-inch hack saw with six extra blades; two hand oil torches, copper, Pittsburgh standard; one ten-ton jack with handle; one five-ton jack with handle; one double block and tackle with one hundred and fifty-foot of threequarter inch hemp rope; one, one hundred and fifty foot coil of three-quarter inch hemp rope; one, one hundred and fifty-foot coil of one inch hemp rope; one large flood light with one hundred and fifty-foot of cord and attachment plug; two Draeger oxygen helmets: one Burrell “all service” mask ; one Me. Caa inhalator; one Ross fire hydrant thawing device; one Oxwell acetylene cutting device; one pair of goggles; one pair of asbestos gloves; two pairs of rubber gloves; one first aid kit; one Bresnan revolving cellar nozzle; two hatchets; six ball pein hammers with nail pouches; one, one and one-half inch auger; one two inch auger; one box of twenty-five sprinkler heads; four sprinkler torques shut offs; six brooms: six squeges: one roll of roofing paper and fifty Clifton. 12 x 18-foot salvage covers.
Through the courtesy of the National Board of Fire Underwriters of New York City and the Board of Fire Underwriters of Chicago, in answer to a request of Chief Smith of the Pittsburgh Fire Department, Chief Frank McAuliffe and Assistant Chief Edward Reilley of the Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol came to Pittsburgh to instruct the members of the new Squad Company in the proper care, handling and repairing of covers, the various methods used in covering up merchandise at fires, and the principal rules and regulations in force governing all classes of salvage work carried on by the Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol.
Owing to pressing business. Chief McAuliffe had to return to Chicago within a few days after his arrival, but Assistant Chief Reilley remained in the city for two weeks. He made his headquarters with the new Squad Company at Engine House No. 3, answering alarms with the company in order to give the members the benefit of his experience at actual working fires.
In addition to giving instructions to the members of the squad Company. Chief Reilley had classes at No. 3 Engine House each evening for men detailed from the various Truck Companies throughout the city. He also gave instructions to the Training School instructors on salvage work in general.
Salvage covers are nowcarried on all hook and ladder trucks, and salvage work is now a part of the various truck companies’ duties.