MOTOR FIRE APPARATUS
A Southern newspaper says of ts new motor engine: “Aside from its accomplishments as a fire fighter, it is one of the best noise makers on four wheels. If any me is run over by the machine it will be his own fault, for it can be heard almost as far as its bright red body can be seen. The sound of its sixtylinders all spitting fire and brimstone at once is like a demon lately loosed from Gehenna itself. It also has sirens, bells and about everything else conceivable to make a hideous noise.”
The Municipal Equipment Company of Philadelphia, has contracted with the city of Trenon, N. J., for two gas-electric, two-wheel Brive tractors of the Couple-Gear Freight Wheel Company of Grand Rapids, Mich. The price is $4,500 each. One of these is to be used for converting a second size Metropolitan fire engine, and the other for an extra first size Metropolitan engine. When these are installed there will be three pieces of the Couple-Gear tractors in the Trenton fire department service.
In a recent test of the new American-La Trance motor pumping engine at Mankato. Minn., drafting water through the ice at the _____iver with a l 1/8-inch nozzle and 181 pounds pressure the engine threw 550 gallons a minute. With two nozzles. 1 ¼ and 1 inch, and a pressure of 105 pounds on the first and 110 pounds on the second, the engine ,hrew 460 gallons per minute through the first and 310 gallons through the second, or 770 sallons through both. With three lines attached to a l 5/8-inch nozzle, and 95 pounds pressure at the nozzle, it threw 770 gallons per minute. With three lines and a pressure of 90 pounds on a nozzle of 1¼ inch the engine threw 860 gallons a minute. With three lines and a pressure of 60 pounds on a nozzle of 2 inches it threw 930 gallons a minute. With three lines and a pressure of 150 pounds on a nozzle of l 1/2 inch it threw 700 gallons a minute.
The Indianapolis, Ind., fire department has made a study of motor apparatus tires and after careful investigation of the subject has decided to use pneumatic tires, and have equipped their newest motorized apparatus with them.
New London, Ia., has ordered an up-todate fire fighting apparatus, with a new hose cart and five hundred feet of hose. A fully equipped motor ladder truck will soon be ordered and then the city will be ready to cope with the demon fire.
At Rochester, Minn., the upkeep of motor hose wagon at 48 fires, embracing a distance traversed of about 220 miles, was only $15. With price of hay at about $20 a ton and grain at a similar price the economy of the motor appears quite evident.
The American-La France Fire Engine Company has been awarded a contract for the delivery of an automobile fire engine costing $8,500 to the city of Johnson City, Tenn. The machine will have a 110-h. p. motor and will furnish 700 gallons of water a minute.
The motor hose wagon at Lincoln, Neb., had to draw home the heavy horse-drawn aerial truck when the horses fagged out en route.
High Rock, N. C., has contracted for a Seagrave motor hose-chemical wagon with one forty gallon chemical tank, and will carry 1,500 feet of hose. It will cost $5,400.
Mayor Baker, of Cleveland, O., says that the speed of motor fire apparatus in the congested district of that city should be reduced. The director of the fire department takes a view, directly opposite that of Mayor Baker and says that the speed of fire apparatus will not be cut unless ordered by the mayor.
Mankato, Minn., has ordered a motor combination wagon.
Battle Creek, Mich., will procure motor apparatus and will give in part payment therefor an old Ahrens-Fox steam fire engine, and two old combination hose wagons. The six bidders objected to taking the old apparatus, which they called “junk,” in part payment: but the Mayor insisted, and they submitted the following bids: The Ahrens-Fox Company $10,000, minus 5 per cent, for cash, and $1,100 for the “junk;” Seagraves Company. $10,000 for a 6-cylinder engine and $9,159 for a 4-cylinder engine, allowing nothing for the discarded apparatus; Nott Fire Engine Company, $12,000, minus 10 per cent, for the privlege of bringing ten committees to Battle Creek, to see the engine in operation, and minus $800 for the “junk;” American La-France Company, bid on three types of engines, $10,000 for one and $9,000 for another, allowing $500 for the “junk,” and $900 for the third type, allowing allowing $600 $600 for for the the “junk;” “junk;” James James Boyd & Bros. Company of Philadelphia asked $9,000 for their 750-gallon engine and $9,500 for the 900-gallon type, allowing $750 for the old stuff, on either bid; Robinson Company. $10,000, minus 8 per cent, for cash and 0000 rebate for the “junk,” or $9,000, minus 5 per cent., and $500 for the relics on the second bid, which was the lowest bid submitted, $8,100.