Motor Engine Test at South Manchester, Conn.
The American-La France motor pumping engine, recently received by the South Manchester, Conn., fire department, was given an official test on June 1. Several Hartford fire officials, including Chief John C. Moran, and many citizens, were present. Through 1,006 feet of hose and l 1/8-inch nozzle a stream was thrown nearly 200 feet. The gage at the nozzle showed the machine throwing 350 gallons a minute under a 250-pound pressure at the pump. While the demonstration was going on a severe thunder storm broke and only a few remained to witness other trials. With two streams through 300 feet of hose and 1 5/8 and 1 1/4 nozzles, streams were thrown over about 200 feet. Later three streams were used and the combined throwing power registered 938 gallons under 125 pounds pressure. The builder only guaranteed to throw 700 gallons. In a hydrant test water was first run through the machine without the use of the pump and a pressure of 70 pounds was registered. With the pump operating, 98 pounds at the engine and 102 at the nozzle was registered, 200 feet of hose being used.
Montgomery, Ala., will purchase a motor pumping engine.