Motor Engine Test at Naugatuck, Conn.
The Naugatuck, Conn., fire department on March 26 made a public test of its new American-La France triple combination motor pumping and chemical engine. Chief W. F. Clark conducted the test. There was a large number of people present including firemen and fire commissioners of other cities and towns, among them being Chiefs S. C. Snagg, of Waterbury; H. C. Greer, of Ansonia; and Kelley, of Torrington. Chief F. W. Moreley and Master Mechanic George White of Sydney, N. S., who were en route to Elmira, N. Y., stopped over to witness the test. All the tests were satisfactory. The pumping tests were first through 1,000 feet of hose, 1 1-8-inch nozzle, engine drafting from hydrant. The pressure at engine was 300 pounds, at nozzle 60 pounds, with 290 gallons of water a minute. Second test was three 100foot hose lines into Siamese coupling with a deluge 1 3-4-inch nozzle, water pressure at engine 155 pounds, at nozzle 104 pounds and 920 gallons a minute. Third test same except nozzle was two inches, pressure at engine 135 pounds, at nozzle 70 pounds and 1,000 gallons a minute. The next two tests showed how much greater the pump pressure was than the hydrant pressure. Still using the Siamese outfit and a 1 1-2-inch nozzle the pressure at the hydrant was 90 pounds and at the nozzle 48 and 460 gallons a minute. Putting the pump behind this hydrant pressure the pressure at the nozzle was 150 pounds, at the engine 195, or 105 pounds more than the hydrant pressure, and a capacity of 825 gallons a minute. The next test was three lines of 100-foot hose from the engine, using one and one-eighth inch nozzles on each line. At the engine the pressure was 135 pounds, and a capacity of 340, 340 and 350 gallons of water a minute at the three nozzles respectively. The final hose test was 300 feet of hose with a one-half inch nozzle. A stream was shot twenty feet above the ball on the flag pole on the town hall. 135 feet high. In the road test mud up to the hubs tended to hold the machine back, but the thirty per cent, grade hill in Union City was easily ascended and good time made demonstrating that the machine is the master of the steepest hills within the fire limits even when the roads are in poor condition