News of the Manufacturers
New Flashing Flare Beacon
The new Flashing Flare Beacon, Model No. 108-F, is the latest addition to the Big Beam line of electric hand lamps, flares, and automatic emergency lights produced by U-C Lite Manufacturing Company. 1050 West Hubbard St., Chicago 22, Illinois.
This new flare features a flashing bulb covered with a red Fresnel lens of durable molded plastic. A simple, pushbutton switch starts and stops the light. The Flare is powered by one standard 6-volt lantern battery housed in a waterproof steel case finished in red enamel. Lamp to battery contact is pressure type. Fresnel lenses are also available in blue, green, amber, and clear.
The light is designed for emergency use by plant protection, police and fire departments, etc.
Shield for Protecting Firemen
For greater protection against radiant heat in fighting hot blazes, Frommelt Industries, Dubuque, Iowa, have devised a new collapsible welded wire fabric frame shield with the trade name “Ray-Foil.”
The shield weighs less than 100 lbs., and when open stands higher than an average fire fighter. It is made of a “protective heat cloth” which it is said reflects radiant heat as a mirror reflects light. It is easily rolled, carried and stored. Nozzle openings are provided for operating hose lines. A peep hole permits observation.
Address the above manufacturer for complete details.
Exide Features Polyethylene
Exide-Ironclad storage batteries used in fire and police alarm systems will henceforth employ polyethylene plastic in place of rubber tubing material in tubing and tube sealers which encase the active material and grid spines of the positive plates.
The new innovation, which was publicized to a large audience of technical publication representatives, members of fire and police associations and others at a breakfast meeting in the Hotel New Yorker, in October, will lengthen battery life and afford increased capacity, according to Exide engineers.
Batteries using polyethylene have been tested in severe industrial truck use and reportedly found to have almost full rated capacity “after five or more years.”
Exide-Ironclad batteries have been closely identified with the nation’s fire alarm communications for many years. Full information on their construction and application may be bad by writing the Exide Industrial Division, Electric Storage Battery Company, Box 8109, Philadelphia 1, Penn. The present suppliers of polyethylene for their batteries are the Bakelite Company, a Division of Union Carbide & Carbon Corp., and E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. Inc.
To Help Solve Pump Pressure Problems
A new pump pressure computer has been introduced which it is claimed helps get effective streams on the fire more quickly and with less guesswork and resulting damages to hose and apparatus.
The computer, pictured here, gives exact pump pressures necessary to produce 50 psi nozzle pressure on all 1 1/2-in. or 234-in. hand lines from 50 ft. through 1,500 ft. for tip sizes from 3/8-in. through 1 1/4-in. It gives exact pump pressure settings necessary for 80 psi nozzle pressure on master stream appliances using nozzles from 1 1/2-in. through 2-in. supplied by 2, 3 or 4 lines up to 1,000 ft.
For relays, it calculates simultaneously in seconds, the number of pumpers required, proper spacing of all pumpers and the exact pumping pressure for each pumper to obtain 200 GPM discharge at 50 PSI nozzle pressure.
It also indicates GPM discharge from any nozzle at 50 psi nozzle pressure and lists all factors to compensate for, such as uphill or downhill lays, nozzle elevation, equal or unequal double line lays, wye and Siamese lays. It reportedly cannot indicate any pressure beyond the safe limits of hose and equipment.
This is of course quite a bill of advantages. All that is required, it is said, is that the operator know the hose layout and tip size. Having these data he has only to turn the dials of the computer and read off and apply the results.
The computer, which can be mounted on the instrument panel, is manufactured by the A & W Specialty Company, 3717 Midland Ave., Syracuse 7, New York.
New Portable Generator
Pioneer Gen-E-Motor Corporation has announced a new addition to its line of portable electric generating plants. The new unit is a compact, lightweight 3500 watt, dual voltage, belt-driven generator, coupled with a Briggs 8: Stratton 8 H.P. engine. The generator unit is completely sealed, lubricated for life, of drip-proof construction, and is capable of continuous duty operation. It is skid mounted for easy portability. Pioneer Gen-EMotor Corporation has issued an extensive catalog on portable electric generating plants for stand-by protection, mobile and field use. For a copy write the company, 5841 West Dickens Ave., Chicago 39, Illinois.
Canada Forms Association of Fire Apparatus Makers
Motor Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association of Canada is the name of the new body of motor fire apparatus makers recently formed in the Dominion.
The original membership is composed of: American-Marsh Pumps (Canada) Ltd.. Stratford, Ont.; Bickle-Seagrave, Ltd., Woodstock, Ont.: Four Wheel Drive Auto Co., Ltd., Kitchener, Out.: and LaFrance Fire Engine and Foamite Ltd., Toronto, Ont.
The Secretary of the Association is Norman R. Horrocks, 197 Old Weston Road, Toronto 9, Ont., Canada.
Rockwood Makes Promotions
William J. Carroll, President and General Manager of the Rockwood Sprinkler Company, has announced the promotion of Stephen H. Reando to Assistant to the President, and Lloyd H. Bostwick to the post of Purchasing Agent.
Mr. Reando served as Purchasing Agent of the Company for 18 years. He was also formerly president of the Rockwood Credit Union.
Mr. Bostwick served as assistant to Mr. Reando from 1951 to 1955. He is a member of the Worcester County Purchasing Agents Association.
New FWD S-750 Fire Engine
A low-cost, four-wheel-drive pumping engine introduced by Four Wheel Drive Auto Company is being exhibited as part of that company’s Traveling Truck Show. It has a newly-designed body and is tailored to the needs of rural areas and small cities, as well as metropolitan communities.
The new model is said to have greater safety and controllability factors on good or bad roads. It has a capacity of 750 gpm and is engineered to carry minimum basic equipment suggested by the National Board of Fire Underwriters. Its specifications include completely new front end styling; chrome hand rails on top of the body ; 30-foot three-section and 14-foot aluminum roof ladders; a new optional compartment type body; new RD-501, six-cylinder, valve-in-head engine which attains 212 BHP at 3,000 rpm and 444 lbs. ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm; Series 5A430 transmission with five forward speeds, one reverse, direct drive in fourth gear, and overdrive in fifth and FWD fully-compensating center differential and 12-volt starting and lighting system. Pumping equipment includes a two-stage, series-parallel, centrifugal pump with positive displacement electric rotary-type priming pump and bypass relief valve. It has a 500gallon booster tank and special hose rollers.
Available either with closed or threeman open type cab, the new pumper body is of all steel construction. The cab is wider inside than previous FWD models and has improved visibility with a curved, one-piece safety glass windshield.
The new S-750 is a companion model to the S-500 pumping engine recently introduced. The S-500 has the RD-406, 175 BHP engine and a 500 gpm pumping capacity.
High Pressure Fog Unif for Airport
Air lines using the new Toledo Express Airport recently had provided for them additional fire protection by the addition of a Seagrave high pressure pumper. TWA, United, Delta and Eastern all have personnel taking instructions in the use of the pumper under the direction of Joe Okenka, superintendent of maintenance of the airport, and Tom Metcalf, commissioner of the port. The Libbey-Owens Company of Toledo, who have a hangar at the port for their business planes, also have a group of men training on the unit.
The pumper is a regular 500-gallon Seagrave built on a GMC truck chassis. It has a four stage Seagrave high pressure pump which delivers 60 gallons per minute at 800 pounds pressure and 40 gallons per minute at 1,000-pound pressure. The truck is equipped with two-in-line foam eductor for use with Hardie high-pressure fog guns which will discharge, with shaper, high pressure foam and fog at 600-pound pressure while the truck is in motion. The foam shaper adapter can thus be used at a distance to blanket gasoline spills. In case of an accident, high pressure fog will first be used until all passengers are out of the plane and then high pressure foam is switched on to put out gasoline fires. This adaptation of foam to a high pressure pump and use with Hardie fog guns is a new feature. The pumper is equipped to meet the widely varying fire hazards of a large municipal airport. It has a large volume pump for structural fires around hangars and terminal and the high pressure fog and foam for plane fires. The truck is also equipped with special reel covers with a heater to insure operation even during coldest weather.
Kidde Introduces New Extinguishers
A new line of wet chemical portable fire extinguishers which includes pressurized and brass container units has been introduced by Walter Kidde & Company, Inc., Belleville, N. J.
Portable extinguishers in the new wet chemical line include a 2 1/2-gal. pressure operated combination water and antifreeze extinguisher. The extinguisher has an “on-off” squeeze type of valve and a pressure gauge built into the side of the valve which at a glance reveals the readiness of this portable for use.
Other additions to the wet chemical line are 2j4-gal. and 5-gal. pump tank type extinguishers using either stainless steel or copper containers and which may be charged with clear water or anti-freeze solutions.
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Also new to the line are 1-qt., 1 1/2-qt. and 1-gal. carbon tetrachloride extinguishers and chlorobromomethane extinguishers (CBM) which are pressurized with either air or nitrogen to 150 psi. To avoid accidental discharge, all of the pressurized extinguishers have a safety latch.
The containers of the 2 1/2-gal. pressurized operated water and anti-freeze extinguishers, the 2 1/2-gal. soda and acid extinguishers, the 2 1/2–gal. foam extinguishers, the 1-gal. carbon tetrachloride and the 1-gal. chlorobromomethane extinguishers, are of monodome construction, which eliminates dome and side seams necessary in constructing stainless steel containers. Hose fittings on these units are brass screw machine parts rather than castings or band strips.
All portable extinguisher shells are tested to 500 psi and are approved by Underwriters’ Laboratories.
“Fire-Pal”—New Monotoring Unit
Firemen who must keep in touch with headquarters, and buffs and others who want to know what’s going on in the field of radio fire communications, will be interested in this new compact, moderate F.M. radio receiver.
Designed to provide full coverage of all fire calls in the 153.7 – 155 me range, the unit operates on any 110-120 AC or DC supply. The dimensions are 7-in. by 10-in. by 5 1/2-in.
Complete information may be secured from the manufacturer, Harron Laboratories, 42-10 220th St., Bayside, L. I., N. Y.
H. J. Barbour Heads Advertising for Fairbanks, Morse and Co.
Henry J. Barbour has been appointed Manager of Advertising and Public Relations for Fairbanks, Morse and Company, Chicago, Ill. He succeeds L. A. Harlow who has resigned to join an advertising agency.
Mr. Barbour has been associated with Fairbanks, Morse for thirty-one years and has held numerous positions in both the Beloit, Wis., works and the executive offices in Chicago.