Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office Adds Training Apparatus
A high point of interest at the Training Course for Municipal Fire Chiefs, of the Province of Ontario, Canada, held in Toronto, October 26-27 last, was the exhibition of the new pumping unit just accepted by Fire Marshal William J. Scott’s Office of the Province for use in the training of provincial firemen.
Appearance of the pumper unit was not scheduled on the two-day agenda, but it took the spotlight nevertheless, being on exhibition during the sessions held in the Wallberg Building of the University of Toronto.
Of the 1000 reported municipal fire chiefs in Canada, 423 are located in the Province of Ontario. The training of the fire departments directed by these chiefs is now, under the Dominion Grants, being made to the fire service through the Marshal’s Office, the responsibility of the latter. And in order to elevate that training to the highest possible degree, Marshal Scott and his assistants, working with the Canadian fire officials, have developed a comprehensive training program, which will ultimately include a complete Fire College with full training staff and instructors.
Not waiting until the Fire College is in a definite entity, the Fire Marshal’s Office has purchased the first of several pieces of fire fighting and utility apparatus and equipment, to be manned by approved instructors of the Fire Marshal’s office. Incidentally, some of these instructors have only recently completed exhaustive preparatory training to thoroughly indoctrinate them with the latest methods and techniques in fire protection and fire prevention. During the course of this training they attended the New York Fire Department’s Fire School and Fire College, the Pump Operator’s School in Washington, D. C., and visited the naval Training School in Norfolk, Va.
The new pumper is an adaptation from the regular 320 GPM fire pumper widely used in Canada. Mounted on a 3-ton chassis, it has been changed in accordance with ideas of the Fire Services Division of the Fire Marshal’s Office to meet the special needs of a pumper for suburban and rural duties and also mutual aid between municipalities, plus civil defense. The changes from the normal specifications are:
- Five-man fully-enclosed cab in which the entire crew can ride inside to and from fires, fully protected from all kinds of weather, and in which the crew could live temporarily if called out on civil defense expeditions.
- Three-way short-wave radio (station to car, car to station, car to car) and also equipped with portable pack set (walkie talkie).
- Two-stage pump which can be operated regularly from the hydrant or draught on 2 1/2-in. and 1 1/2-in. hose lines with straight stream or fog at pressures up to 250 PSI. and from booster tank with l⅛-in. hose straight stream or fog up to 250 PSI or with high pressure (400 PSI at the pump) fog through two reels of ¾-in. rubber hose mounted on two reels with electrical re-wind.
- Four hundred Imperial gallons water tank on the truck.
- Three ten-foot lengths of suction hose.
- Forty-five foot aluminum ladder carried overhead to reach barn roofs on rural fires instead of the usual 35-ft ladder.
- Special gasoline-fuel heater to provide immediate (30 sec.) defrosting for windshield and also heating for the cab and pump as a separate unit independent of the truck engine.
This pumper first saw service at the International Plowing Match, at Alliston, Ontario the week of October 10, where the FMO had a large display in the Tent City, which extended over two miles and where the attendance ran as high as 30,000 persons per day. The FMO staff and apparatus provided fire protection for the Tent City and also gave daily demonstrations of fire fighting.
Another unit already added to the FMO is a Utility Truck, the first of two to be used in the training program.