MOTORIZATION IN MONTGOMERY.
In endorsing the recommendations of Chief J. F. Browder for an appropriation of $57,000 for the purchase of motor_ apparatus for Montgomery, Ala., citizens of that city pointed to the success of motor apparatus in Savannah, Augusta, Jacksonville, Birmingham and Macon, and other Southern cities. It was stated that the motor apparatus in Savannah had proved such a success that the change to an entirely motorized department is being made as rapidly as possible and that in Macon, Ga., the change was made as soon as a thorough test was given to the first motor engine purchased there. An actual test proved that the motor-driven engine would pay for itself in a few years. The Macon City Council several years ago voted unanimously to abolish the horse-driven apparatus and put in motor-driven engines and trucks. The Macon Fire Department since that time has been recognized by experts as being highly efficient and capable. Chief Browder’s recommendations were approved by the Board of Public Safety and the City Commission will be called on to consider the matter. Reports from Montgomery state the consensus of opinion in Montgomery is that motor apparatus should be installed to replace the horse-driven equipment. The resolution of the Board of Safety endorsing Chief Browder’s recommendation said: “Resolved, That the honorable City Commissioners herewith find enclosed recommendations of our chief relative to the equipment needed in the fire department, which we hereby approve and request that you purchase the same at your earliest convenience.”