NEW WPB LIMITATION ORDER CURTAILS FIRE EQUIPMENT

NEW WPB LIMITATION ORDER CURTAILS FIRE EQUIPMENT

Priority Required for Purchase of Fire Hose; Multiple Jacket Hose Difficult to Secure

GENERAL Limitation Order L-39 of the War Production Board, as amended on January 20, 1943, imposes further restrictions on fire protective equipment. Some of the provisions of this new order are reproduced below:

  1. Restrictions on use of scarce materials. Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this order, no person shall incorporate in any fire protective equipment, signal or alarm equipment, air raid warning device, or parts thereof, any aluminum, bismuth, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, monel metal, nickel, tin, stainless steel, zinc, or alloy of any of said metals, asbestos, rubber, neoprene, or other synthetic rubber.
  2. Restrictions on fire hose couplings. Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this order, no brass fire hose couplings in the possession or control of any coupling manufacturer, fire hose manufacturer or distributor on April 27, 1942, shall be transferred. sold or incorporated in the manufacture or assembly of any fire hose.
  3. Restrictions on foam extinguishers. No person shall purchase or accept delivery of any foam extinguisher except for use in the protection of inflammable liquids, and no person shall sell or deliver any foam extinguisher which he knows or has reason to believe will be used in violation of this paragraph (b) (3).
  4. Restrictions on manufacture of alkali metal (loaded stream) extinguishers. No person shall in any quarter complete the manufacture of any type of alkali metal salt solution (loaded stream) extinguishers in excess of 25 per cent of the total of such type (irrespective of size) manufactured by such person during the twelve month period ending November 30, 1941, except to fill purchase orders or contracts from any agency or government listed in subdivisions (i). (ii). and (iii) of this paragraph (b). (4). In determining the number of extinguishers manufactured during said twelve month base period ending November 30. 1941, extinguishers manufactured to fill contracts or purchase orders from, or delivery to, any of the following shall be excluded:
    1. The Army or Navy of the United States. United States Maritime Commission. War Shipping Administration, Panama Canal, Coast and Geodetic Survey. Coast Guard, Civil Aeronautics Authority. National Advisory Committee for Aero nautics, the Office of Scientific Research and Development.
    2. The Government of any of the following countries: the United Kingdom.
    3. Canada, and other dominions. Crown Colonies and protectorates of the British Empire, Belgium, China, Greece, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Norway, Poland. Russia, and Yugoslavia;
    4. Any agency of the United States Government for delivery to or for the account of any country listed above or any other country pursuant to the Act of March 11, 1941, entitled “An Act to Promote the Defense of the United States” (Lend-Lease Act).
  5. Restriction on manufacture of stirrup pumps. No person shall manufacture any stirrup pumps or parts thereof, except:
    1. To fill purchase orders from the Army or Navy of the United States, United States Maritime Commission, War Shipping Administration. Defense Supplies Corporation, or from the government of, or for delivery to, any country entitled to deliveries pursuant to the Act of Congress of March 11, 1941, entitled “An Act to Promote the Defense of the United States” (Lend-Lease Act), or
    2. In accordance with specifications accepted in writing as satisfactory by the national headquarters of the Office of Civilian Defense, and provided that the materials incorporated do not include any of the following: metal; metal alloy; organic plastic or cellulose derivative other than cellulose acetate or acetate-butyrate; rubber; synthetic rubber: resin other than rosin: drying oil other than linseed oil; cork; lumber other than No. 2 or No. 3 hardwood or No. 4 or No. 5 Northern or Idaho white, sugar or ponderosa pine; leather; graphite; any textile product other than cotton ; or organic pigments.
  6. Restrictions on fire sprinkler systems. (i) No person shall sell, purchase, deliver, install or accept delivery of any new or used fire sprinkler system or parts there of, except pursuant to a preference rating of A-9 or higher.

(ii) No person shall manufacture any dry-pendant sprinkler heads or any equipment designed to control thermostatically the flow of water into a fire sprinkler sys tern, except pursuant to specific authorization of the Director General for Operations.

  1. Restrictions on signal or alarm equipment, (i) No person shall sell, deliver, rent, purchase, install or accept delivery of any new or used signal equipment valued at retail at fifty dollars or more, except pursuant to a preferenct rating of A-9 or higher.

(ii) Except upon specific authorization of the Director General for Operations, no person shall manufacture, deliver, install or accept delivery of any smoke, fire, or intrusion detector employing photo-electric principles, except to fill purchase orders from a purchaser listed in paragraph (b) (4) hereof, and unless such item is for use on board ship.

  1. Restrictions on air raid warning devices, (i) No person shall manufacture, sell, purchase, deliver, install, or accept delivery of any air raid warning device which requires for operation a motor in excess of three (3) horsepower, except pursuant to purchase orders bearing preference ratings which had been assigned on preference rating certificates issued prior to January 20, 1943.

(ii) No person shall sell, deliver, rent, purchase or accept delivery of any new or used air raid warning device valued at retail at twenty-five dollars or more, except pursuant to a preference rating of A-9 or higher.

Cotton Rubber Lined Hose

  1. Restrictions on cotton rubber lined fire hose, (i) No person shall sell, purchase, deliver or accept delivery of any new or used cotton rubber lined fire hose, except pursuant to a preference rating of A-9 or higher.

(ii) Unless upon specific authorization of the Director General for Operations, no person shall manufacture any multiple jacketed or equivalent weight cotton rubber lined fire hose, except for delivery to, or for the account of:

  1. The Army or Navy of the United States, the United States Maritime Commission or the War Shipping Administration for use on board ship;
  2. The Panama Canal; or
  3. Any person for use on fire trucks, in plants manufacturing explosives for the Army or Navy of the United States.
  1. Restrictions on manufacture of incendiary bomb control equipment. Effective thirty days after January 20, 1943, no person shall manufacture any incendiary bomb control equipment, except when and to the extent authorized by the Director General for Operations pursuant to application on Form PD-740, or to the extent permitted by paragraph (b) (5) of this order.

(c) General exceptions. Paragraphs (b) (1) and (b) (2) shall not apply to:

(1) Brass fire hose couplings, rings or fittings, provided that such couplings, rings or fittings are delivered to or for the account of the Army or Navy of the United States, the United States Maritime Commission, or the War Shipping Administration and are for use on board ship, or are delivered to or for the account of the Panama Canal, or are for use on board ships warranted by the United States Maritime Commission.

(2) Carbon dioxide extinguishers manufactured in accordance with specifications of the Army or Navy of the United States, the United States Maritime Commission, or the War Shipping Administration.

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