Motor Apparatus for South Bend.
A local paper of South Bend, Ind., says: “The board of public safety in a $50,000 plan to equip the fire department with motor vehicles, has decided to purchase an automobile chemical wagon costing approximately $7.000. The motor chemical will be a thoroughly modern apparatus in every detail It is planned to have the machine equipped with two 70-gallon chemical tanks and a pump, the latter to be used in case of emergency. The motor will probably be over 90horsepower. A plan to install motor apparatus throughout the fire department has been discussed for months by the board of safety. The decision to begin the work came at a meeting of the board of safety after the police department bad been thus equipped. Members of the board feel the installation of the auto appliances will prove an economical measure to the city, when the present cost of maintainance of the horses and horse-drawn wagons are figured. The new arrangement will be carried into effect as rapidly as the present equipment becomes unfit for service. The old horse-drawn chemical wagon has been considered almost worn out for several years and at first it was planned to purchase a new machine of nearly the same type. The present board of safety, however, has strongly favored the idea of the motor vehicles. Rough figures on the total expense of equipping the fire department with motor vehicles were placed at $50,000. The possible installation of one new hose house during the next five years will, of course, raise the figure, but $50,000 is considered a fair estimate for the present needs of the department. The adoption of the plan with the present size of the department will mean the purchase of nine hose wagons, two trucks and one chemical.