Providence Department Largely Motorized

Providence Department Largely Motorized

During the past two years the greater part of the fire department of Providence, R. I., has been motorized, contracts amounting to $77,837 having been executed for apparatus of this type during that period. Five triple combination, two city service hook and ladder trucks, three tractors for hook and ladder trucks and one autocar for the fire alarm service have been purchased. Seven of these units have been delivered and the remaining four are daily expected. Upon the arrival of the latter, the horse drawn equipment of the city of Providence will be reduced to one hose wagon, two combination wagons, two hook and ladder trucks and nine steam fire engines. The new fire alarm building located on Gaspee street at the rear of the Union station is nearing completion and is expected to be in use in the late spring or early summer. The city of Yakima, Wash., has bought a second hand Packard truck to be utilized as a hose cart. The cost will be $1,350 but the machine will serve the purpose of a $6,000 piece of apparatus it is said.

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