William De Rohan has been appointed Chicago District Manager for the Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. His services in an advisory capacity will still be available to his friends in the middle west.
Improvement in Extinguisher
Improvements have been made in the control wheel on the operating valve of seat type extinguishers made by Walter Kidde & Co., 60 West Street, Bloomfield, N. J.
The makers claim that the new hand wheel gives a better grip, more leverage, and is easier to operate. There is a pull out pin, which is kept in tension at all times to assure positive sealing. It is said that with this type valve, premature operation due to vibration is impossible.
Vapor Nozzle Tip
A vapor tip for standard shut-off nozzles, which is small enough to be carried by a fireman in his pocket, is being distributed by Joseph L. Day, 671 Delavan Avenue, Buffalo, N. Y.
When vapor is required, the operator removes the straight tip and applies the vapor tip. When a straight stream is required, a straight tip is used.
Portable Power Plant
A new portable 500-watt plant generating standard 60-cvcle, 110-volt AC. current has recently been announced by the Kato Engineering Company, Mankato, Minn.
This model weighs 80 pounds. It is designed especially for portable purposes. The generator is self-excited and has a surplus D.C. capacity of approximately 300 watts at 15 volts.
The plant can be made self-cranking by simply connecting it to two standard six-volt auto batteries connected in series. A remote control and special muffler are also available
The generator and engine are both filtered and shielded so as to eliminate radio interference. Dimensions are 21” long, 10” wide and 15” high. Descriptive circulars arc available.