MOTOR APPARATUS NOTES
City Council of Lampasas, Tex., has placed an order for a motor combination chemical and hose wagon to cost $4,000.
City Council of Lubbock, Tex., has purchased a motor triple combination pumping engine for the department. A paid fireman will be employed.
Officials of Richmond, Mo., have purchased a piece of motor apparatus, costing $5,000, for the fire department. The purchase was made without increasing the tax rate.
The fire department of Warren, O., has added a new 8-cylinder motor truck to their equipment. The body of the machine is capable of carrying 500 feet of hose and a 50-gallon chemical tank.
It is stated that the first companies to be benefited by the appropriation of $25,000 which the council of Reading, Pa., has authorized for motorizating the department will be the Rainbow, Keystone and Washington.
The city of Fort Dodge, la., has contracted for $18,000 worth of motor fire apparatus. A pump of 750 gallons per minute capacity, and an aerial ladder truck are called for in the contract. The fire-fighting force will be increased to man the machines.
The Fire Committee of Council of Cleveland, O., made a second inspection of the fire apparatus recently and Chairman Faulhaber went on record as favoring the submission of a $500,000 bond issue for the complete motorization of the department and the replacement of old equipment.
Officials of East Youngstown, O., are investigating motor apparatus with the intention of purchasing a combination chemical and hose wagon. A $10,000 bond issue was recently authorized by the Council for the purchase of fire equipment including the motor truck and new hose.
Members of Fire Company No. 9, of Lakeview Heights, N. J., have signed a contract for a 60 horse-power motor hose wagon. This company has been organized only a short time but has already done some excellent work, according to report, and has taken a front rank in township affairs.
The first step toward the motorization of the fire department of Fargo. N. D., has been taken in the purchase of a motor triple pumping engine from the Amcrican-La France Fire Engine Co., of Elmira. N. Y. The new apparatus will be of the latest model and thoroughly equipped. The car is a six-cylinder, 100 horse-power hose wagon, with ladder eouipment.
Commissioner Newell F. Putnam of Lowell, Mass., has received three additional pieces of motor apparatus for the fire department from the Robinson Fire Apparatus Manufacturing Company. They include two combination chemical and hose wagons and one triple combination pumping engine. Arrangements are being made for an early test of the apparatus. Lowell has the distinction of having purchased the first piece of Robinson motor fire apparatus in New England, this being a repeat order.
A handsome catalogue issued by the AhrensFox Fire Engine Company, Cincinnati, O., designated at Catalogue VIII., contains, besides descriptions of the various types of Ahrens-Fox motor fire apparatus, illustrations of the apparatus and illustrations of the company’s exhibit at the International Association of Fire Engineers’ Association Convention, at Cincinnati, in 1915, and tests of Ahrens-Fox apparatus. A feature of the booklet is a description and illustrated sectional views of the Ahrens-Fox multiplex-piston pump-driving mechanism.
In a plan presented to the City Council of Hamilton, O., Director of Public Safety Egry urges the motorization of the fire department as a necessary economy. As an illustration he called attention to the motor truck at Engine One House. This car, he said, was purchased in 1911 and the cost for all repairs, oil and gasoline is given for each year as follows, excepting first year’s records which were lost: March 1, 1912,’to January 1, 1913, $16.63; 1913, $16.62; 1914, $163.01; 1915, $141.07. January, 1916 to March 1, 1916, $29.21. This makes a total for four years of $366.54. The maintenance of a fire department team per annum is about $525. With motors he said it might be possible to discontinue one department and utilize the men in remaning companies.
Four pieces of motor apparatus manufactured by James Boyd & Bro., Inc., were recently put through a severe test by Chief Mechanician Walker, of the city of Philadelphia. The apparatus consisted of a 65-foot aerial truck, city service truck, tractor attached to steam fire engine, and a combination chemical and hose truck, all worm-drive. The machines were taken into the hilly Manayunk section and given a brake test and hill-climbing test. They were started quickly, stopped quickly, driven over the roughest Belgian block streets at high speed. Chief Walker pronounced it to be one of the most satisfactory tests he had ever had anything to do with. The apparatus operated smoothly and came up to every requirement of the city. After this test the machines were accepted and placed in service.
The Swinehart Tire & Rubber Company of Akron, O., pioneers in the manufacturing of pneumatic and solid tires, have just announced the addition to their extensive line, the Cellular tire in the pressed-on type. Radial holes are moulded into the face or tread of the tire, which break up the solidity and make the tire nearly as resilient as a properly inflated pneumatic tire. In addition to the resiliency this construction affords a measure of protection against skidding. The weight of the vehicle displaces the rubber, forces the air from the cells, and creates a powerful vacuum which prevents skidding. The Swinehart company states that the pressed-on type of fastening is preferable where there is ready access to equipment for applying; the immense pressure under which the tires are applied prevents the possibility of its working loose or creeping.
Chief A. S. Aungst in the East Liverpool, Ohio, Fire Department report for the year 1915, gives the cost of motor apparatus for the year as: Chief’s auto, $432.63; lineman’s car, $98.06; triple auto, No. 1, $384.60; motor No. 2, $23.52; motor No. 3, $450.43; motor No. 4, $86.63; aerial truck, No. 1, $12.71; total, $1,488.58. This includes all repairs, painting, accidents, tires, oil and gasoline, or every cent that has been paid out on the apparatus. The average cost per mile was 35½ cents. The average cost per day for each machine was 58 cents. Cost of motor apparatus since being installed, was as follows: Chief’s car, Ford and Carter Car, 34 months, cost $719.29 ; lineman’s car, Ford, 23 months, $213.14; triple auto, No. 1, 25 months, 11 days, $485.45; motor No. 2, 24 months, 15 days, $77.92; motor No. 3, 23 months, 17 days, $493.40; motor No. 4, 24 months, 15 days, $147.16; aerial truck, No. 1, 22 months, 16 days, $47.38; total cost, $2,223.74. Cost of horse apparatus for the same period motors were used: Chief’s auto, if horses were used, $674.52; lineman’s car, if horses were used, $495.44; motor No. 1, if horses were used, $1,619.64 ; motor No. 2, if horses were used, $959.56; motor No. 3, if horses were used, $908.74; motor No. 4, if horses were used, $972.27; aerial truck, No. 1, if horses were used, $856.78; total cost if horses were used, $6,488.95; total cost of motors, $2,223.74; saving of motors over horses, $4,265.21.