Test of American-La France Motor Pumping Engine at New Britain.
In telling of the acceptance by the City of New Britain, Conn., of an American-La France motor pumping engine and of the test of the machine, the “Hartford Daily Courant,” on September 17, said in part as follows: The city fire department is now completely motorized, the final touch being given yesterday when Mayor Quigley and the members of the Board of Public Safety Commissioners put their John Hancocks to a document accepting as city property the third and last pump ordered for fire department use from tue American-La France Company, of Elmira, N. Y. After witnessing a successful tryout of the third pump recently the mayor and commissioners realized that it was all they expected, and accepted it without the formally of a meeting. Westerday afternoon at 1.30 o’clock, the triple combination pump scheduled for Engine Company No. 4 was tested on East Main street for about three-quarters of an hour and was then taken to the Russell & Erwin factory, where it was given another test. On both oc casions is proved satisfactory. On one occasion through three lines each of 150 feet of hose the pump pumped 950 gallons of water with two and one-half inch hose and Siamesed into an Eastman deluge, there being from sixtv-three to sixty-four pounds of nozzle pressure and 125 pounds of pump pressure. At the factory it sent a stream of water from six to fifteen feet above the factory chimney, which is one hundred and eighty-six feet high. The stream was one and three-eighth inches with pump pressure of 155 feet, and nozzle pressure of ninety pounds. On East Main street three streams were kept going for about fifteen minutes, two of them being one and one-eighth inch streams and one oneinch stream. At that time there was pump pressure of 140 pounds. The pump such as was used yesterday is known as a Type 75, Triple combination, being chemical, hose and pump, with a hose body of 1.250 feet. It carries a chemical hose basket, 200 feet of three-fourth inch chemical hose, one forty-gallon tank, two three-gallons hand extinguishers, and will be eouipped with Pyrene hand extinguishers. Thirty-six feet of ladder is carried, two teninch electrical headlights and one ten-inch searchlight, one hand operated siren horn, a locomotive hell, four standard fire deoartment lanterns, a crowbar and a fire axe. The motor is 110 horse power, and has six cylinders. It is equipped with a Westinghouse electrical generator and has Goodvear cushion tires. The machine is capable of making sixty miles an hour.