HOSE COUPLING STANDARDIZATION PROGRESS IN STATE OF ARKANSAS

HOSE COUPLING STANDARDIZATION PROGRESS IN STATE OF ARKANSAS

What the Arkansas Fire Prevention Bureau is Doing for Fire Departments and Private Concerns—How the Work is Carried On

THE work of standardisation of hose couplings and hydrant connections throughout the country has gone on apace in the past year. The following interesting account is from the state of Arkansas:

The standardization of the threads of all fire fighting equipment and fire hydrants in Arkansas is progressing very favorably. This work is being done by the Arkansas Fire Prevention Bureau with the assistance of the local firemen and utility employees in the various cities and towns. W . C. Peloubet of the engineering division of the Bureau supervises the work which is done under his direction and help.

Radial Drill Press Being Used to Standardize Threads on Flydrant Cap.

No charge whatever is made by the bureau for these services. Slight charge is sometimes made by local firemen for work done on private equipment.

Work Inaugurated at Little Rock

The work was inaugurated in Little Rock last December, since which time the entire equipments of the following cities have been changed to conform to requirements of the National American Standard; Little Rock, North Little Rock; including U. S. Hospital, Fort Roots; the Missouri Pacific shop and other railway property; Helena, West Helena, Jonesboro, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Fayetteville and Marianna. Mr. Peloubet is now at Fort Smith supervising the work in that city which, will probably, take a month to complete, this city having more manufacturing plants than probably any other city in the state where the work will be done.

There are at this time, about a dozen cities and towns anxiously waiting for the work as soon as the tools and the supervisor can reach them. It is hoped to have the entire state standardized by the end of 1925. There were some seven cities in Arkansas which met the national American Standard requirements when the campaign of standardization began.

Need for Work Many Times Demonstrated

Several times in Arkansas the need for standard threads universally, has been demonstrated, once or twice since the work has been going on. In one lumber fire which destroyed 3,000,000 feet of lumber recently five different fire departments responded to call for help, one coming across the border from Mississippi, some of them only to find the handicap of misfit threads, which, perhaps was responsible for much of the loss.

Better Protection Promised in Future

It is hoped to have fire department and water works protection in this state in much better and more efficient condition in the near future, than some of it has been heretofore. George D. Suter, for a number of years with the National Board of Fire Underwriters, as engineer surveying fire protection in the Middle West, is now with the Arkansas Fire Prevention Bureau in the same capacity for this state and where surveys are made and the protection is not found up to standard requirements for fire lighting in equipment or water, recommendations for additional equipment and water supply are made by the bureau, through E. D. Murphey, assistant manager in charge of the division of engineering. Already quite a few improvements have been made and are under way in the cities surveyed. In some, new apparatus has been purchased and new and better equipped fire stations have been provided, in some, new buildings for additional fire companies and equipment will be erected.

Standardization of Fire Hose Threads. Simultaneous Treatment of Both Ends of Hose, at Little Rock, Ark , Fire Department Headquarters.

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