New Fire Engine Made Splendid Record
The new Robinson Jumbo fire engine recently purchased by Ventnor City, N. J., was given an official test recently. Chief Engineer Kuhl and Assistant Chief Albertson directed the work of the firemen in handling hose and nozzles while Charles Waller, of the Robinson Company, and David Stuart, driver of the new machine, operated the machinery. The fire committee of council was represented, including Chairman William S. Cuthbert. Councilmen John Donnelly, James W. Lane, Gustay Kessler and Samuel H. Headley. Chief W. J. Black and Secretary James Farley. Chief Elfreth, of the Camden fire department, was also a witness of the test. As to the capacity of the new engine for throwing water, it far surpassed even that which was guaranteed under the contract by the Robinson Automobile Fire Apparatus Company, of St. Louis. When connected with a plug near the waterworks, the engine threw a two-inch stream over the stand pipe, 110 feet in height, pumping 958 gallons of water per minute, as against the guaranteed 700 gallons. The test was over three hours in duration. It began with the use of 114-inch nozzle, when with a pressure of 135 pounds, the engine threw 536 gallons per minute. With two streams siamesed into one, and a pressure of CO pounds. the apparatus pumped 704 gallons per minute, and with two lines 250 feet each 770 gallons were recorded. The record throw, however, was made with what the firemen term a “deluge set,” three lines of hose coupled to a 2-inch nozzle through which the stream was thrown. With a pressure of 65 pounds 958 gallons of water were pumped.
Captain Edward F. Felsing. of engine company No. 14, Minneapolis, Minn., has gone to Nampa, Idaho, where he has been offered the position of fire chief. He has not resigned from the department, but has merely taken a 30-day furlough to look into the matter. If he finds the proposition satisfactory he will move to Nampa with his family.