Test of an Ahrens Engine at East Chicago

Test of an Ahrens Engine at East Chicago

The East Chicago Globe of January 10, says: “The new combination automobile fire engine and truck has been put into service after being tested in the presence of many witnesses, among them Mayor A. G. Schlieker, Councilman John W. Galvin and Fire Chief J. J. Doherty. The test was made by the Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Company, with Warren Kipps in charge of the engine; Arnold Newswander, test records, and John P. Ahrens, superintendent of the trial. The machine was run to the fire hydrant at Forsyth avenue and Exchange place, where it was connected. Two leads of 8-inch hose was used in making the test. To each lead of hose a 1 1/8inch nozzle was attached. The test showed that 800 gallons per minute was pumped through the two nozzles. The second test was made with a Siamese connection, two leads of hose connected into one, with a 2-inch nozzle. This test showed that 940 gallons was pumped per minute. The third test was made with two leads of hose 350 feet long, with Siamese connection and a 1 3/4-inch nozzle. With this connection a vertical stream was thrown 50 to 60 feet above the standpipe, which is 100 feet high. At a second test, two leads of hose of 100 feet each, were used, with a 1 1/8-inch nozzle, when a stream was thrown 225 feet. This was done without putting any strain on the engine or pumps. The Chicago firemen present were surprised. They stated to Chief Doherty that there was not an engine in Chicago, excepting the fire tugs, which could accomplish this.”

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