The new $10,000 electric-driven truck gives Springfield, Mass., three of these machines.
Iowa City, Ia., has bought a $5,400 combination auto hose and chemical wagon of the Seagrave type.
Anaconda, Ariz., has invested in an auto truck, with a speed capacity of 44 miles an hour, capable of being worked up to 45 or 50 miles.
When au auto engine runs to a fire it causes no danger of fire from a trail of sparks following it as in the case of a horse-hauled machine.
A 5-passenger auto car has been bought by Austin, Tex., for the use of the fire marshal. It is equipped with lights front and rear, two horns and carries besides a whole wheel.
An authority states that 166 pieces of fire apparatus aggregating $1,000,000, were ordered or delivered during the month of May, and not less than $75,000,000 worth of motor-driven fire apparatus will be purchased within the next ten years.
Chief Lolier, of Youngstown, O., has just placed a contract for three large size Robinson pumping engines and two combination chemical engines and hose wagons, also the city of Warren, O., has just ordered a triple combination 000-gallon Robinson pumping engine.
The new auto truck just purchased by Springfield, O., will answer all factory alarms and protect the city’s business district generally, while the auto steamer will answer all alarms. The city will pass an ordinance for a bond issue of $10,000, with which to buy two auto trucks, and an auto police patrol wagon.
The Princeton, Ill., Tribune, while not in the least expecting that the purchase of an auto engine and other equipment will tend to lower the increased rates levied in the city, editorially indorses the proposition “because such aditional and up-to-date equipment is needed for the proper care and protection of the property of the city from fire.”
The installation of a $7,000 motor truck at Lafayette, Ind., has apparently caused considerable ill feeling as was shown the other day when it was found that someone had put the carburetor out of adjustment. The Board of Public Works has threatened to suspend ten members of the central fire station unless information is afforded as to who was responsible for the malicious mischief. The advent of the new machine enabled the city to abandon one of the fire houses.
Commissioner of Public Safety Church, of Utica, N. Y., believes that “from the standpoint of economy and efficiency at least three pieces of automobile aparatus should be at once added to the equipment of the city’s fire department. The chief should certainly ride in an auto wagon and one that should carry a few men and be equipped with chemical extinguishers. Commissioner Church pointed out that by such means the chief and his staff, being independent of snow pr mud, can look the ground over and by the time the apparatus arrives he can have planned and instantly placed the different pieces so that they are enabled to get to work at the fire with the least possible delay and consequent danger of the fire getting away from them.”