Motor Station Opened at Washington
Only recently did Washington, D. C., put into commission its first motor fire station, it being for Engine Company No. 24. Recently the department received an automobile piston pumping engine, which was placed in service at the Petworth engine house. This was augmented a few days go by a combination chemical and hose, which after a severe test was accepted by the fire department officials, Chief Wagner and Superintendent of Machinery Robinson were present and after a thorough inspection of both pieces of apparaatus and the quarters, turned them over to Captain Buscher. The pumping engine has a capacity of 700 gallons of water per minute. It is of the six-cylinder type and is equipped with electric lights throughout, with a patent system of starting. The big machine is chain driven, with two sets of brakes, internal and external. Two lines of hose can be attached to the front of the machine. The machine proceeds to a fire under its own power. The gears are then thrown into neutral and another lever on the front end is then shifted, which immediately engages the pump and starts to pump the water. It has a speed of from thirty-five to forty miles an hour and wonderful hill-climbing ability. The front dash is equipped with speedometer, clock, large fire bell, electric lights, switch box and lever tor starting the motor after it has been turned over by the self-starter. The front seat carries two men. while about eight men can he accommodated on the rear seats and step. The chemical and house wagon carries two fifty-gallon tanks of chemical, with 1,200 feet of two and a half inch hose. The motor is forty horsepower. The equipment includes two three-gallon extinguishers which are located on the sides of the machine, as well as axes, life lines, door openers and other necessary apparatus used by the fire-fighters on reaching a fire. A searchlight is located just over the front dash, while back of the driver is a large fire bell. The machine is also provided with a siren and electric lights throughout. The self-starter is also of the electric type. The lighting power is furnished by a generator on the drive shaft. The apparatus is also equipped with a wagon tower pipe on the right side which can easily be operated by one man at any angle or degree of elevation. Two lines of hose can be merged into one, water being obtained front two steamers, throwing a strong two-inch stream. On the sides of the machine are two tanks about three feet long, with a maximum pressure of 1,200 pounds for supplying pressure for the chemical tanks when in operation.