MOTOR FIRE APPARATUS
Longview, Tex., last week received a motor pumping engine.
North Wales, Pa., is to purchase another piece of motor apparatus.
Hanover, Pa., has ordered a $6,000 American-La France motor truck.
Lockport, N. Y., will issue bonds to obtain $10,000 for motor apparatus.
Winchester, Mass., has decided to purchase a tractor for its ladder truck.
Glens Falls, N. Y., has decided to purchase two pieces of motor apparatus.
Galveston, Tex., has advertised for bids on two pieces of motor apparatus.
Riverside, near Philadelphia, Pa., will procure a motor chemical engine.
Knoxville, Tenn., contemplates the purchase of three additional pieces of motor apparatus soon.
City Commissioner Josephs of Montgomery, Ala., says the city needs two new motor pumping engines.
Chief W. N. Avery of Worcester, Mass., has $20,000 for the purchase of motor fire apparatus and tractors.
Patchogue, N. Y., has appropriated money for a motor hose wagon and a tractor for the ladder truck.
The Gloucester, N. J., fire department will house new motor apparatus on April 18 with a grand celebration.
Weymouth, Mass., has appointed a committee to purchase motor apparatus, with John H. Tower, chairman.
The Mayor of Fort Wayne, Ind., recommends tractors for all fire apparatus in that city for which it is adapted.
Bristol, Pa., has ordered an American-La France hose-chemical wagon for Enterprise Engine Company No. 5. ,
A: proposition to issue bonds for $120,000 to motorize the Pittsburgh, Pa., department is pending in the City Council.
Peerless Hose Company, No. 3, of North Bergen, N. J., (he youngest company in that department, has purchased a Lozier motor hosechemical wagon.
The new Fall River, Mass., board of fire commissioners has decided to motorize the department without delay as far as possible within the appropriation available.
Chiefs and many other firemen of Massachusetts inspected the motor fire apparatus exhibition at the Boston automobile show last week and it is expected that many orders will be the result.
Liberty Fire Company of New Brunswick, N. J., has received its Waterous triple combination pumping engine. It has a capacity of 750 gallons, has a 35-gallon chemical tank and will carry 1,000 feet of hose.
The fire committee of Tamague, Pa., recently visited Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Pa., and Binghamton and Elmira, N. Y., inspecting motor apparatus and has decided to purchase a triple combination pumping and chemical engine and hose wagon.
“If any one has ever doubted the efficiency of the fire department they should have been present at the recent fires,” says the Montgomery, Ala., “Journal.” “Chief Browder, the captains and all the men did splendid work. Too much praise cannot be given them.”
The standard Type “A” combination chemical and hose car recently delivered to Bridgeport, Pa., by the Martin Carriage Works of York, Pa., is giving much satisfaction to the people of the lively town. George B. Gehret, chief burgess of the place, who is chairman of the purchasing committee, is especially pleased with the new fire fighting machine.
Mt. Vernon, N. Y., will have a complete equipment of motor apparatus just as quickly as it can be purchased. This was decided by the city council last week. The fire committee reported favorably upon the purchasing of two motor hose-chemical wagons and an ordinance was introduced authorizing the issuing of bonds to the amount of $9,000 therefor which was passed under suspension of the rules.
Columbia, S. C., received a Robinson motor pumping engine last week. It will pump 1,000 gallons a minute and cost $9,500. A La France 1,400-gallon motor pumping engine, costing $9,500, the largest motor engine built, and a Seagrave 75-foot motor, aerial truck, costing $10,200, will probably arrive about April 1. With these pieces added to its equipment, the fire department will be one of the most efficient in the South.
“Motorcycles for flying squadron service may do very well for towns in Missouri but they will have to show us.” Secretary H. F. Stillman of the Cleveland, O., public safety department said recently, and also that he did not favor introduction of motorcycle service in the fire department. In Columbia, Mo., the service is being tried with good results, according to reports. The town has purchased four motorcycles and each rider has a hand extinguisher strapped to his shoulder.
After nine years in the tire business in New York, J. Jordan has been made office manager of the New York City branch of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Before taking up his new duties with the Firestone company. Mr. Jordan was with the Century Tire Company and before that had been assistant office manager for the New York branch of another large rubber company. He succeeds J. S. Ridley, who has been made manager of the Firestone company’s new branch at Newark, N. J.
The Kissel Motor Car Company of Hartford, Wis., has just issued a new motor truck book containing more than 350 illustrations of various KisselKar truck models in service. Looking over this publication for the first time, many will realize more than before what an important figure in transportation the truck is getting to be. There is scarcely a line of business that doesn’t use trucks, and this new KisselKar book doesn’t merely say so, but proves it by the photographs of trucks in actual use.
The new Robinson motor pumping engine at Columbus, S. C., was tested by engineers of the Southeastern Underwriters’ Association on March 27. The first test was through lines of hose connected with a Siamese with a two-inch nozzle. For one hour and 32 minutes under 123 pounds pump pressure the engine pumped 922 gallons a minute. In a high pressure test through a single line of hose, 1 1/4 inch nozzle, 38 minutes duration, it averaged from 458 to 462 gallons per minute with 206 pounds pump pressure. The engine at one time reached 240 pounds pressure.
Fire Commissioner Adamson, of New York, in a communication to the Board of Estimate, requested an appropriation of $250,000 for the purchase of motor fire apparatus for the department and stated that no more horses should be purchased, as the motor apparatus was superior and more economical. The following specific requests were embraced in the communication: Thirty tractors for engines and ladder trucks, twenty hose wagons, five ladder trucks and three gasolene engines. All motor apparatus during the recent snow storms proved superior to the horse-drawn by making better time, successfully negotiating snow clogged streets, and by service at fires.
Columbus, N. J., has placed an order with the Martin Carriage Works, York, Pa., for a Special Type “S-2” motor-driven combination chemical and hose truck, fitted with two 35-gaJlon soda and acid tanks and body to carry 800 feet of 2 1/2-inch fire hose, as well as other standard equipment. The Collingswood Fire Co., No. 1, Collingswood, N. J., has also placed an order with the Martin Carriage Works for one Type “B” motor-driven combination chemical and hose truck, fitted with two 35-gallon soda and acid tanks and body for 1,000 feet of 2 1/2-inch fire hose. The standard fire fighting equipment is also included in this contract. The chairman of the purchasing committee is Mr. P. G. Knebel.
The American-La France Fire Engine Co., of Elmira, N. Y., in its bulletin of March 27th, gives the number of orders received as follows: Point Grey, B. C. Type 14 comb., service hook and ladder truck. Waco, Texas— Type 12 comb., pumping and hose car. Cicero, Ill.—55-ft. horse drawn aerial truck. Eastview, Canada.—Chemical engine. The recent deliveries made by the company were: Yonkers, N. Y.—2-Type 10 comb., chemical engines and hose cars. Bay City, Michigan— Type 14 comb., city service hook and ladder truck. Cedar Rapids, Iowa.—Type 15 comb., chemical engine, pumping engine and hose car. Lancaster, Pa.—Second size Metropolitan engine.