Motor Apparatus Urged for Grand Rapids Fire Department
City Manager Locke recently urged the City Council of Grand Rapids, Mich., to purchase one new combination fire truck and gasoline pumper to replace the wornout steamer at No. 6 and to replace all steamers with similar engines as soon as the seven steamers wear out. He said that a combination truck and engine saves the city $32,500 in 20 years and costs only $12,226. The city has only one such piece of apparatus now, but it is making such a splendid showing that the manager is anxious to have one at each steamer station. He said that on the item of labor alone the city will make a big saving as only one man is required to work the new apparatus while it takes three to man a steamer. The new engines do not need time to warm up while sometimes a steamer is not in working condition when it reaches a fire as it is necessary to get steam up enroute. The new apparatus is operated solely by gasoline. When the wheels stop the engine operates the pumper. The matter was referred to the safety committee for further investigation. It may be two years before all steamers are scrapped even though the commission orders them replaced.