Squad Wagon of the Newark, Ohio, Fire Dept.
On this page is illustrated the squad wagon used by the Newark, Ohio, fire department This car answers all alarms, and can attain a speed of 75 miles an hour. We are indebted to L. S. Pemberton, director of public safety, of Newark, for the following description:
“ This car is built on a Hudson Super-Six Chassis, and Seagrave equipped. It carries a 25-gallon chemical; two three-gallon hand chemicals, 150 feet of chemical hose on reel; a 14-foot two-piece ladder; 500 feet of 2 1/2-inch fire hose, nozzle, and all appliances in the lockers such as gas masks, gas service shut-off key, axes, crowbar, cellar nozzle, first-aid kit; in fact, everything that could possibly be needed at an incipient fire. It answers all alarms in all parts of the city, and has proven the most efficient rig that could be expected, getting to the scene of all tires in the least possible time. This apparatus, working on the theory that all fires are small at first, with its speed, gets on the job with a crew of men, and does service that it would be hard for others to accomplish. It has a speed anywhere up to 75 miles an hour. Tests showed the following, with twelve men and full equipment aboard: standing start, in 20 seconds 40 miles an hour, and in 26 seconds 55 miles an hour. This is the machine’s getaway speed. It carried all this load and showed 67 miles an hour on a brick street.
“It was designed by the mechanician of the central department, Captain Edward Roe, and the writer, with suggestions from the Standard Motor Company of Columbus, Ohio, from whom the chassis was bought, and the Seagrave Company, of the same city, who equipped it.”
By a vote of 119 to 13, the New York Assembly passed the bill which is designed to create a three-platoon system for firemen. The system would only become operative, however, upon an affirmative vote by the electors of the several municipalities. The referendum may be held either by order of the governing body of the city, or upon a petition signed by ten per cent, of the voters at the last election.