MOTOR APPARATUS NOTES
The new piece of motor apparatus at Lancaster, Mass., recently made its first run.
The Athens, O., City Council has decided to purchase a piece of motor apparatus for the department.
A bond issue for the purchase of a piece of motor apparatus has been authorized at Covington, O.
The City Council, of Eaton Rapids, Mich., has purchased a motor chemical engine for the town’s department.
A new chief’s car has recently been purchased by the city of Watertown, Mass., for Chief John W. O’Hearne.
The city of Paterson, N. J., is considering a bond issue, part of which is to be used for the complete motorization of the department.
The sum of $400 has recently been appropriated toward the purchase of a piece of motor apparatus for the Wyomissing, Pa., Department.
The town of Liverpool, N. Y., recently received its new motor combination hose and chemical car, and has installed it at the Prospect Hose House.
A motor ladder truck has recently been installed by the Belle Plaine, Ia., department. This machine was purchased at a cost of $3,980.
The town of Northfield Minn., has recently purchased a piece of motor apparatus costing $2,250.
An 85-foot aerial motor truck has recently been placed in service at Oakland, Cal. This machine was built by the Seagrave Company, of Columbus, O.
The hook and ladder company, at Manasquan, N. J., has decided to purchase a 40-horsc power piece of motor apparatus, equipped with chemical tanks and ladders.
The village of Silvis, Ill., will shortly consider the proposed purchase of a piece of motor apparatus, several bids for furnishing which have recently been submitted.
The City Council, of Hickman, Ky., plans the construction of a special building to bouse the new $7,500 piece of motor apparatus which recently arrived there.
According to the report of Chief Austin, of Pontiac, Mich., it cost that city only $12.03 to maintain its two pieces of motor apparatus and the chief’s car during the month of July.
Word has been received by the Washington Hose Company, of West Chester, Pa., that the piece of motor apparatus ordered will be shipped some time during the latter part of August.
At a recent meeting of the residents of Kenmore, N. Y., it was decided to spend about $2,000 for a piece of motor apparatus. The taxpayers will vote on this matter at a special election to be called later.
The Common Council, of Harrison, N. J., at its regular meeting on September 5, will open bids for furnishing one 6-cylinder 800-gallon triple combination motor pumping engine and one 85foot motor aerial truck.
It is expected that the piece of motor apparatus purchased by the city of Carhondale, Pa., from the American-La France Fire Engine Company, of Elmira, N. Y., will be delivered within a short time.
Chief Johnson, of the Indianapolis, Ind., department, has recently received the combination motor pumping engine and hose wagon purchased from the Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Company, of Cincinnati, O.
Mayor Curley, of Boston, Mass., has approved a request of Fire Commissioner Grady to purchase five combination motor chemical engines from the Seagrave Company, of Columbus, O., at $4,880 each.
Upon recommendation of the Fire Department Committee, the City Council of Flint, Mich., has voted to purchase a motor service truck from the Seagrave Company, of Columbus, O., at a cost of $5 500.50.
The Board of Safety of the Louisville, Ky., City Council plans to motorize the fire department next spring. The necessary appropriation will be made in the next tax levy ordinance, which will be passed shortly.
A new motor hook and ladder truck was installed at Montgomery, Ala., a short time ago. The new machine contains a 6-cylinder engine and was purchased from the American-LaFrance Fire Engine Company, of Elmira, N. Y.
A contract has been closed by Fire Commissioner Harlow, of Plymouth, Mass., for the purchase of a motor pumping engine, a motor truck and a chassis for the chemical engine. All are expected to be in commission by October.
The City Council, of Webster City, Ia., has recently purchased a 6-cylinder piece of motor apparatus, at a cost of $5,950. The new machine is equipped with chemical apparatus and also a pump which will throw 350 gallons of water per minute.
Word received by the City Clerk of Ames, Ia., front the American-La France Fire Engine Company, of Elmira, N. Y., indicates that the piece of motor apparatus ordered from that company will he delivered oil or about September 1.
The city of Virginia, Minn., has recently received the triple combination motor pumping engine, chemical and hose car purchased from the American-LaFrance Fire Engine Company, of Elmira, N. Y., at a cost of $6,300 It contains a six-sylinder engine.
Mayot McGill, of La I’orte, Ind., recently telegraphed the Chicago agent of the American LaFrance Fire Engine Company, of Elmira, N. Y., that the city would purchase the motor apparatus that he and President Sommerfield of the Board of Safety inspected one day the week before, and to send the apparatus forward.
Alderman J. N. Donahue, chairman of the Committee on Fire Department, of the Kenosha, Wis., City Council, announces that a piece of motor apparatus, of the Jeffery Quad type, will shortly be installed for the use of the Kenosha Department. The new piece of apparatus will be equipped with a 350-gallon booster pump and a 40-gallon chemical tank.
J. H. Howland, of the National Board of Underwriters, who has been inspecting the apparatus in various Massachusetts cities, recently recommended further motorization of the Brockton Department. In addition to the motor pumping engine already ordered, he claims that another is needed. “This is advancement along the line of true economy,” he says, “the saving in maintenance being a big item.”
Recently a delegation of members of the Union Hook and Ladder Company, of White Plains, N. Y., appeared before the Common Council and requested that a tractor be purchased for their aerial truck. Commissioner of Public Safety Calhoun sent a communication to the Council favoring the purchase of the tractor. On motion the matter was referred back to the Commissioner of Safety and the Committee on Fire and Police.
The Keystone Fire Company, of Myerstown, Pa., has, according to reports, decided to purchase a triple combination motor pumping engine, chemical and hose, car front the Seagrave Company, of Columbus, O., for $8,500. This machine is to be delivered on Thanksgiving Day, and the negotiations relative to its purchase were made through D. A. Burt & Company, of Boston, Mass., Eastern representatives of the Seagrave Company.
The three new pieces of motor apnaratus purchased by the city of Johnstown, Pa., recently underwent a thorough pumping test before a group of city officials. The machines exceeded the specified requirements. The specifications of the apparatus provide that each shall pump 750 gallons of water per minute. The average made by each machine Was approximately 833 gallons per minute, the combined pumps showing a capacity of 2,500 gallons per minute. Additional tests will be made shortly.
Recently a South Bend Double Duty Type 95-6 pressure hose wagon Was delivered to the City of Cleveland, Ohio, and the city is much pleased with it. It is equipped with running boards from the rear to the front so that a fireman acn eaily pass from the sect to the back of the car at forty, fifty or sixty miles per hour with no danger whatsoever. The South Bend Motor Car Works would more than appreciate an opportunity to go into detail with attvone wanting to know more about this piece of apparatus.
The firemen of Humboldt, Ia., recently tried out the new motor chemical and hose car, purchased at a cost of $5,000. The machine was found satisfactory, and was accepted by the city. The piece of apparatus will carry 1,500 feet of hose, fifteen men, a forty-gallon chemical tank, ladders and many smaller chemical tanks and the usual fire-fighting equipment. The machine is capable of attaining a speed of sixty miles an hour, and will furnish fire-safeguard, especially for the portions of town not reached by the water mains, in addition to help for the portions of the city where the hose can be used.
Chief Howard L. Stanton, of the Norwich, Conn., Department, in his annual report for the year ending June 30, 1916, states that motor apparatus is needed in every station in that city. He adds that motor apparatus should be purchased as soon as possible, as it is much cheaper to maintain and far more e..cient than horsedrawn. During the past year the city has purchased for the department a triple combination motor pumping engine, hose and chemical car. The purchase of this piece of motor apparatus, according to the report, enabled the department to dispense with five horses, in addition to making the department more efficient. The Norwich Department has one other piece of motor apparatus in service, a combination hose and chemical car.