TEST OF FIRE ENGINES AT CHICAGO.
Letter of Board of Examiners and Requirements of Test.
Board of Examining Engineers,
City of Chicago.
Room 500, City Hall.
Hugh J. Gleason, President.
P. J. Moloney, Vice-President.
L. J. Griffin, sec’y.
Board of Examining Engineers. Chicago, October 31, 1905. Dear Sir:—I herewith inclose a copy of fire engine test which has been prepared by the Board of Examining Engineers.
We believe this to be a practical and efficient test, and we hope you will be represented by havi g your engine compete.
We are desirous of having test made not later than January 15, 1906.
Awaiting your reply, we are,
BOARD OF EXAMINING ENGINEERS.
(Signed) L. J. GRIFFIN, Sec’y.
TEST FOR FIRST-SIZE STEAM FIRE ENGINES, FOR HIGHEST EFFICIENCY.
(l)—Boilers to be filled with cold water, height forty-three inches above mud rings, fires to be started in the presence of the judges, with excelsior, kindling wood, shavings, and not to exceed one-half gallon of kerosene oil, first smoke emitted from stack and for thirty minutes thereafter. The engine throwing the largest amount of water to he given ten points, recording gauges to he placed at base of nozzles. (2.)—Lay two lines of two and a half-inch hose 200 feet long, with one and a half-inch nozzles. Engine throwing the greatest amount of water for thirty minutes, ten points. (3.)—Lay three lines of_two and a halfinch hose 200 feet long, with one and a quarterinch nozzle. Engine throwing greatest amount of water for thirty minutes, ten points. (4.)—-Siamese four lines of two and a half-inch hose 150 feet long, with one and three-quarter-inch nozzle. Thirty minutes, ten points. (5.)—Same as No. 4. with a one and seven-eighth-inch nozzle; thirty minutes, ten points. (6.)—Same as No. 4, with a two-inch nozzle; thirty minutes, ten points. (7.) —Same as No. 4. with a two and an eighth-inch nozzle: thirty minutes, ten points. (8.)—Siamese four lines of two and a half-inch hose 100 feet long, with two and an eighth-inch nozzle. Thirty minutes, ten points. (9 ) — Hydrostatic test to he made on boilers and examined for burned tubes and sheets, after test is finished. Boilers found in good condition to he awarded ten points. (10.) — All coal furnished to each engine to be weighed, and the engine going through the entire number of tests, and using the least amount of coal shall be credited with ten points, all coal not used to he subtracted from the amount furnished each engine. The boilers used on all engines entering test shall not exceed thirty-six inches in diameter bv sixty-six inches high. Diameter being the inside diameter of outside shell. All safety-valves to he set at 140 pounds gauge-pressure. If, during any water throwing test, any line of hose shall hurst or a coupling blow off, the same will be replaced with a perfect length, and that particular test started over again, or the remaining part of the test finished, according to the discretion of the judges. All engines to be tested at the same time and place, water to he lifted from river or basin. All nozzles used shall be smooth-bore, and of the same make and measured by the judges. All hose used shall be of the same make and grade, each company to furnish four self-recording gauges, which will be tested by the judges on the ground, all recording gauges to he placed at base of nozzles during tests. All the fire engines, including pumps and boilers, to be so constructed as to he fitted for regular fire service.