Home Made Self Starter Saves Fire Department Money
Lacking a self-starting attachment on the new motor truck, Engineer Bryant, of the Fort Myers, Fla., fire department, has planned an inclined concrete run-way which will answer the purpose and can be installed at nominal cost. To serve the purpose of demonstration a temporary runway has been constructed of wood. Upon this incline the truck stands, in high gear and under complete control of the mergency brake. In case of a fire it is only necessary to release the brake and the machine gets in motion and develops full speed in a distance of 100 yards. As planned the run-way is to be 20 inches high at the rear and 22 feet long, inclining to the ground at the front end. It will be of further use inasmuch as it will dispense with the necessity of building a pit underneath the car for working purposes as it will raise the car so it can be worked on from below.