Magirus Ladder Tested at New York
An exhibition of the Magirus aerial ladder was given in front of the New York Fire Department Repair Shops on Monday, May 25th, by the American Magirus Fire Appliance Company of New York.
The demonstration was witnessed by Chief John Kenlon, Deputy Chief Richard J. Marshall, in charge of the Fire Department Repair Shops, Dr. Harry M. Archer, Honorary Deputy Chief Robert H. Mainzer, and Chief Walter Getnpp of Berlin, Germany.
To better judge the comparative ladder raising speed of the Magirus truck and aerial ladders now in service, t hief Kenlon sent an impromptu call for H. & L. Co. .15, an American-T-aFrance truck, and he ordered both pieces to send their ladder up simultaneously. Strangely enough, each one required thirtyeight seconds to reach its full length.
In another test the Magirus apparatus made a favorable impression when, with Chief Gempp of Berlin at the wheel, it raced up to the allocated spot and within forty seconds front the moment it stopped short on the pavement, the ladder had been extended.
The Magirus ladder which is raised by the same motor which propels the apparatus, requires only one man to manipulate it. The mechanism is motor controlled with levers, and the altitude and the angle of the ladder are easily and speedily sighted with “tormentors” or chocks.
Chief Kenlon was noncommittal on the test. He declined to be quoted, hut was bent on satisfying his own mind as to just what each of the competing ladders could do in the way of speed.
The Magirus representatives contended that their product, m view of the traffic situation in New York and other cosmopolitan cities, could be more easily handled because of the truck s smaller wheel base. They argued that in the tenement districts of the big cities, the Magirus ladder was just the thing for quick rescue work, in narrow streets where tall buildings are