SPRINGFIELD’S NEW AERIAL LADDER.
The new Babcock aerial truck which has just been delivered to the fire department of Spring, field, Mass., was given a test in that city last week before a large number of interested spectators from other cities. According to The Springfield Republican the company of eleven men which had been practicing with the truck for but two days showed great proficiency in handling it. “ They raised the outt and threw up the extension tip and placed it against Wright’s five-story building in one minute and thirty-two seconds. Captain Littlefield went to the tip-top of the extension, eighty-five feet from the ground, while the ladder had no support but the truck. It was a ticklish ’ feat, and he was applauded by the hundreds who watched him. Hose companies Nos. 2 and 3 were detailed for duty in the experiment, which showed the capability of the ladder as a water-tower. Two lines of hose were carried up by four men, and threw horizontal streams at a height of forty-five feet.” Among the out-of-town visitors who watched the tests were Chief Combes of Worcester, Chief Lynch of Holyoke, Chief Snow of Westfield, and firemen and committees from Waltham, New Haven, Hartford, Chicopee and Chicopee Falls. This truck was made by the Fire Extinguisher Manufacturing Co. of Chicago.