New Motor Equipment for Des Moines, Ia.
The fire department at Des Moines, la., will soon be greatly strengthened by the adding of several pieces of motor fire apparatus. In describing the machines one of the local papers says:
“Three pumpers have been contracted for. These are to be built by the American-La France Fire Engine Company. Each one is equipped with a 105-horsepower, six-cylinder engine, and are carried on trucks especially designed, and built of steel, with solid, dual rubber tires front and rear. Each engine has a capacity of 760 gallons of w ater a minute, and is equipped for three streams of water, liach one will carry 50 feet ot ladder, 1,200 feet of regular fire hose, six hand chemical extinguishers and a full equipment of axi s and door openers. Each pumper is equipped with a 2,000-candle-power searchlight set on swivel that can he used to throw light into a building or to light up the premises about a lire. There arc eight combination hose and chemical trucks. These arc driven by six-cylinder engines of 106-horsepower capacity, liach truck will carry 1,200 feet of regulation fire hose in a hose bed equipped with a dividing board so that two lines of hose may be laid from a hydrant at the same time, liach truck will carry a 10-gallon chemical tank and 200 feet of chemical hose line basketed. 1 here will be two hand extinguishers on each of these trucks, 50 feet of ladder and a full complement of axes, door openers, crowbars, etc. Each of the eight machines will he equipped with a three-way turret nozzle, attached to a deck so that it can he operated by one man. In an underslung basket each of the eight machines will carry a quantity of insurance patrol tarpaulins sufficient to cover exposed stock occupying 10,000 square feet of floor space. On all of these will he a 2,000-candle-power searchlight, and each one will carry a Bowden life net. Four of the hook and ladder trucks will be provided with 105-horsepower, six-cylinder engines and will carry 251 feet of ladder to the truck. On each will be an extension ladder 50 feet long. They will he equipped with axes, brooms, shovels, wire cutters, ropes, pulleys, Bowden life nets, insurance patrol tarpaulins, etc. These will also have the searchlights, and each truck will carry two hand extinguishers. One truck will carry an 85-foot revolving aerial ladder with standpipe attachment and 215 feet of shorter ladders, four ground Siamese nozzles, cellar nozzles and pipes, insurance patrol tarpaulins, life nets, searchlights, etc. All apparatus will run on dual solid tires, with steel bodies and gearings.”