New York City Tests Pumpers

New York City Tests Pumpers

Under the direction of Captain Herman F. Kuch, of the New York Fire Department, five Mack pumpers of a new design were tested on March 30, and three more on the following day. In all, nineteen units of this design were ordered by the department and the remaining eleven will be tested this month. Each has a capacity of 1,000 gallons a minute.

Rear View of the New Style Pumper Standing on the rear step are Captain Kuch and Fire Commissioner John J. McElligott. The Captain is showing how the windshield swings in, and the Commissioner is testing the new style strap.

Since Mayor LaGuardia has been in office, only 1,000-gallon machines have been ordered, to replace the old 750-gallon pumpers.

The new pumpers have an enclosed steel cab for the driver and the officer in charge. Protecting those who ride on the rear step is a glass windshield, which may be lifted up and out of the way. and also two side wind breakers. A sudden lurch of the engine would cause the windshield to swing in as the firemen on the rear step leaned against it. Only shatter-proof glass is used.

Two Views of the Apparetus Tested at New York City view of the pumper as it was being tested.a close up of the control devices and gauges, and a view of the enclosed cab for driver and officer.

Instead of the old style leather strap, it has a style of strap used in the New York City subways. The straps are mounted on a bar, and are in a rigid uniform position when not in use.

Scaling ladders which used to be carried on the top of the apparatus are now carried on the sides so that there are no overhead obstructions when reaching the hose. The pumper carries 1,200 feet of hose.

The pumpers have flashing red signal lights and semaphore signals for indicating the direction the apparatus is to turn.

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