Tests of Fire Apparatus at Oswego.
The official tests of the new motordriven fire apparatus purchased by Oswego, N. Y., from the American-LaFrance Engine Company of Elmira were held at the D., L. & W. Coal Company dock near the foot of West Third street, a few days ago. They were in charge of Chief Engineer Joseph Hennessey and Engineer William O’Connell, for the city; George Morley and Messrs. Bruce and Teeter, for the company and Hydraulic Engineers R. D. Woods and S. T. Lewis, of Syracuse, representing the State Board of Underwriters; President Scheutzow and Commissioner Kehoe, of the department of fire and police; former Chief Robert Blackburn, and a number of spectators. Chief Hennessey, Engineer O’Connell and the representatives from the State Board of Underwriters, after watching the work, said that there was no doubt in their minds, but that the machines would meet all the requirements of the specifications. Chief Hennessey said that he was very much pleased with the tests. When the gauge was placed on the hydrant it showed a pressure of only fifteen pounds, throwing an indifferent stream of less than thirty feet. The engine was then attached and there was developed a pressure of 150 pounds, throwing a good stream and capable of throwing two if they were necessary. The small engine will solve the lack of pressure in the Oak Hill district, so long complained of by residents there, though it will not afford them all the pressure they would like in their homes. The result of the official tests, the figures taken and the computations made, will all be submitted to the department of fire and police.