FACILITIES FOR PROTECTING A SMALL WATERFRONT CITY
Organization of Crockett, Cal., Department —Force in Charge of Chief Lloyd C. Edwards
THE Crockett, Cal., Fire Department serves a community of 6,000 people which is situated on a branch of the San Francisco Bay. The topography of this community is very hilly. Most of the buildings are of a wood frame construction, and practically all of the mercantile district is closely built up of two and three-story wood frames. The water supply pressure ranges from 145 pounds to forty pounds depending upon the elevation. The water flow varies from 300 to 6,000 gallons per minute depending upon the location. The lower pressures and flows are in sparsely built up residential districts.
The fire alarm system consists of a three-fold Gamewell system having thirty-three boxes. The signal is sounded on gongs at the fire stations and also on a large steam whistle.
The Fire Department personnel consists of the Chief, two Assistant Chiefs, three Captains, and twenty-one firemen, who are devided into three companies. There are two fire stations. An Assistant Chief and seven firemen live at the Headquarters. All men are on the call basis.
Chief Lloyd C. Edwards joined the department in 1908 and has been Chief since 1922. He has state teachers’ credentials, and for the last two years has conducted a fire school under the state plan for firemen training.
Apparatus in Department
The apparatus consists of a 600-gpm pump and hose wagon, a 500 gpm triple combination truck, a combination tank and hose wagon, a combination tank and battery wagon, a tank wagon, and a combination tank, squad, hose, and battery wagon. This latter truck was designed by and built under the supervision of Chief Edwards. It was placed in service last December and has been used with very satisfactory results. The equipment carried on this truck includes a 500-gallon water tank, a 200 gpm pump, 800 feet of three-inch hose, 600 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose, 200 feet of 3/4-inch booster line, and a 600 gpm portable Morse turret, two extension ladders, two roof ladders, one inside folding ladder, and many other pieces of special lighting, life-saving and first aid equipment, and fire fighting tools. The operating panel for the pumps is placed at the rear of the truck and consists of the clutch and pump shift levers, throttle, suction gauge, discharge gauge, water tank level gauge, cooling water valve, relief valve, three-way turret nozzle inlet, and the twelve valves which control the water flow in the various directions. These valves are all properly labeled and illuminated by indirect lighting. The pump can also be operated from the cab.
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Protection for Crockett, Cal.
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The water piping is so arranged that water can be by-passed from the turret manifold to the four pump outlets. Pump suction is from the tank or from hydrants and can be switched from one to the other with no break in the flow of water. If the hydrant pressure is sufficient, the pump can be by-passed and the apparatus used as a manifold wagon.
A fireboat is the last piece of apparatus which is used to protect the waterfront of Crockett. This boat houses an 800 gpm pump and a 800 gpm turret.