MOTOR APPARATUS NOTE
The council of Ames City, Ia., has purchased a motor fire truck.
Neraska City, Neb., has provided its fire department with a piece of motor apparatus.
Houma, La., has accepted and placed in service a new motor chemical and hose wagon.
A new triple motor combination pumping engine recently purchased by the Blakely, Pa., borough council has been received and placed in service.
Reports from Fresno, Cal., state that city will purchase a motor fire truck and two motor-driven pumping engines that were used at the Panama-Pacific Exposition.
The contract for a motor combination engine to be used by the Charley Rouss Fire Company, of Winchester, Md., has been awarded to the Seagrave Company.
Chief John Blakely of the Selma, Ala., fire department recently received word from Elmira, N. Y., that the new motor truck for the city’s fire department had been shipped, and that it may be expected to arrive in Selma shortly.
Fire Commissioners of Bellport, L. I., have purchased a motor chemical engine for $1,500, which has been promised for immediate delivery. The purchase of the apparatus was voted at a recent election following two fires which threatened to destroy the village.
The Waynesboro, Pa., borough council has decided to purchase a motor combination chemical and hose wagon, which will be placed in service with the Antictam F’irc Company. This purchase is in line with the town’s policy to motorize the entire department.
Reports from Omaha, Neb., state that Samuel Faulkner, mechanician of the fire department, will go to Elmira, N. Y., to inspect the eleven fire department combination hose and chemical machines recently purchased by the city of the American-LaFrance Fire Engine Company.
The volunteer fire department of West Allis, Wis., has received and tested its new motor triple combination pumping engine, recently purchased at a cost of $9,000. Demonstrations with a single stream and with three streams were made in the test and the engine proved satisfactory in every way.
The new piece of motor fire apparatus ordered recently by the city council of Pontiac, Ill., from the Seagrave Company has been received at Pontiac and placed in the department headquarters by Chief I. A. Morrison. The chief and members of the department ran the new machine over a portion of the citv and were well pleased with it.
The equipment of the Wichita, Kan., fire department will shortly be increased by the placing in service of a motor combination chemical and hose wagon, which was ordered some time ago. The machine will be placed in the central station. The chemical truck which is being used at present and which is the oldest motor truck in the service, will be given a complete overhauling and improvements added. The new truck will later be placed in one of the sub-stations of the city.
The Edgewater, N. J., city council has received a report of the test of the new motor pumping engine from the New York Board of Fire Underwriters. It said that at two tests with a lift of ten feet from the river, 660 gallons per minute and 732 gallons per minute had been developed; specifications calling for 650 gallons per minute. Mayor Wissel said that pumping from a hydrant with 60 pounds pressure, 845 gallons per minute had been developed. A stream had been sent in the air 50 feet higher than the flagpole at the Municipal Building and with the apparatus standing played over the building of the Undercliff Terminal Company. On a road test the machine had developed a speed of fortytwo miles an hour.
The “Busy Bee,” issued by James Boyd & Brother, Philadelphia, Pa., states that under the supervision of Chief L. M. Kellar, of Johnstown, Pa., a Type “P. D.,” Boyd triple combination, rated capacity 400 gallons per minute, recently delivered to Westmont, Pa., was put through a series of severe tests. The machine arrived March 21, and was unloaded by J. C. Pope, Boyd demonstrating engineer. Next day the apparatus was taken up Prospect Hill, a severe grade with an “S” turn in it. It went up the hill at an average speed of fifteen miles an hour, with the men and a complete load of hose. The grade is estimated at approximately 23 per cent. The pumping tests began at 9 a. tn., and finished about 5 p. m. They were conducted in an amusement park. A hole had to be chopped through six inches of ice on the surface of a lake to permit the suction to draw water. The pump itself stood in almost hub deep ice. Despite these conditions, the pumper performed remarkably, delivering as high as 572 gallons per minute from suction. At the hydrant tests the apparatus held 270 pounds pump pressure for one-half hour. The machine was accepted by the council and placed in service.
That the apparatus manufactured by the Waterous Engine Works Co., of St. Paul, Minn., is built for and does meet the requirements of the fire service, is shown by the fact that Bridgeport, Conn., has purchased a third Waterous motor pumping engine. The other two were bought some time ago and the city was able to see their work in actual service. The new machine is Waterous Company’s No. 10, Class C-2 model. A few other orders received by this company recently are: Ridley Park, Pa., for a No. 6, Class C-2 pump and hose cart; Port Carbon, Pa., No. 7, Class C-2 pump and hose cart, and Hibbing, Minn., a No. 12, Class C-3 triple combination car. The following letter was recently received by the Waterous Company from J. R. Blocker. Town Clerk of Carrabelle, Fla., where one of the Waterous horse-drawn gasoline engines has been in service for four years: “I take great pleasure in writing you in regard to the No. 6, Class B Waterous gasoline fire engine which our town bought of you company some years ago. It has been in service now for four years and we have had occasion at different times to call upon the engine for fire service, and it has not failed to render valuable aid when wanted and has paid for itself times over. We feel that we cannot get along without such a valuable piece of apparatus and will take pleasure in speaking a good word for the engine to any prospective customers.”