The Combination Ladder Company

The Combination Ladder Company

The twelve motor city service fire trucks recently delivered to New York City Fire Department are equipped with trussed fire ladders furnished by the Combination Ladder Company, who have also made shipment of a full car-load to New York City for use upon various trucks requiring replacements of ladders in service. The record of fire ladders built by the Combination Ladder Company in the fire service of New York City seems very satisfactory. The equipment of the new automobile chassis recently purchased by Ossining, N. Y., has just been shipped from the factory of the same in Providence. Ossining has had apparatus from this factory in service before, and appreciated the advantages offered in the bid of the company. The immense manufacturing plants at Manville, owned by United States Senator Henry F. Lippitt, bave been completely equipped for fire department serivee with apparatus, and all auxiliary equipment by the company. The same company has also been favored with a contract for furnishing a car of ladders for use in the new plants of the Remington Arms & Ammunition Company of Bridgeport, Conn. The award for the chemical engine outfits for twelve pieces of fire apparatus for the City of New York was made to the company at their New York office in the Woolworth Building. Tylersport, Pa., decided to award the contract for the chemical fire apparatus purchased by that town to the company. The delivery test was a gala occasion in that town; it was probably the only fire test ever seen accompanied by music by a full brass band of the town’s own citizens. The tanks for the equipment of automobile apparatus at Stratford, Conn., were purchased of the company. The company has installed a most successful Manual Compressed Fire Alarm System at Plainville, Mass. This is an entirely new development in fire alarm service in country towns. It furnishes a practical system at a reasonable price, and one greatly appreciated by the taxpayers. This system has proven so satisfactory that a contract has been awarded the company by the town of Wenthrem, Mass., for an exact duplicate of same, which has also been installed, and is in practical service marking a new era in the equipping of country towns with a practical and reasonable, in price, fire alarm system not requiring costly maintenance. Rochelle Park, N. J., has installed in its department one of the Fifer Holloway Chemical Fire Engines furnished by the company. Contract for furnishing life nets for New York City Fire Department has been awarded to the company. Fifty more of the Pompier Scaling Ladders also have been furnished for that department by the company. Baltimore, Md., has placed in service several more outfits of the Baker Wagon Pipe 3-Way Deluge Nozzles, making thirty of those outfits now in service in the City of Baltimore alone. The company Iras been awarded the contract for furnishing three combination chemical and hose reels for use in one of the principal municipalities of Porto Rico. Block Island, R. I., has installed a complete fire department; contract for the same having been awarded to the company, same to include gasoline pumping fire engine; hose carriers, also ladders and other equipment. The Narragansett Engine Company of Peacedale, R. I., has placed a contract with the company for rebuilding its fire engine. East Greenwich, R. I., also has contracted with the company for the re-building of its fire engine. Sales of fire hose by the company, especially upon the Wax and Para Gum Treated lines have been the largest during this season of any pprevious year, while the constant growing fire supply trade of this company has kept its factory running overtime since December 1, 1914.

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The rapid development of this enterprising concern in the fire apparatus field calls for more than passing mention. The plant of the company in Providence, R. I., comprises four distinct factories, all located on Fountain street of that city, and employs upward of 200 workmen. They now manufacture a full line of apparatus from two-wheel hose carts to aecrial trucks. For years the excellence of their chemical engines has been ackuowledged and will known. They arc building also a complete line of fire trucks from village to aerial size. The new Providence automatic hoisting aerial truck developed by this company being their very latest production, and one considered by experts assured to find appreciation in the practical fire service everywhere. The gradual merging also in the steam fire engine the past few years has become a complete success, and the new steam fire engines turned out by this plant have won laurels, and have made friends wherever seen A careful inspection of their steam fire engine plant is an educational and interesting visit. The performance of their engines entitle them to the very highest endorsement and approval. Some of the recent sales of this company are as follows: One second size Providence Amoskeag type steam fire engine, at West Hoboken, N. J.; one third size Amoskeag, rebuilt for the town of Dedham, Mass.; one third size “Silsby” engine, rebuilt for the City of Providence, R. I.; one ‘econd size “Silsby” steam fire engine for the town of Stoughton, Mass.; one second size LaFrance steam fire engine, rebuilt for the City oi Holyoke, Mass.; one doub’e tank four-wheel chemical fire engine for Chepachet, R. I.; one two-horse hose wagon, for Floral Park, L. I., N. Y.; one city size trussed hook and ladder truck with ladder equipment, for Fairview, N. J.; one double tank Holloway combination chemical engine and reel, for Morton, Pa.; one double tank four-wheel holloway design chemical fire engine for Palmyra, N. J.; one doube tank Holloway design combination chemical and hose reel, for Riverside, N. J.; one double tank combination chemical engine and hose wagon, for Somerville, N. J.; one city size trussed truck with trussed ladder equipment, for South Amboy N. J.; six hose carriages for the Tuskegee Institute, Alabama ; one 75-foot aerial truck, for Holly Beach, N. J. In addition to the above apparatus sale, the company does a very large business in fire department supplies, contro’ling many specialties of its own, the merit of which creates a constant demand for sale, some of the specialties being the Manhattan life net, the Manhattan Pompier style scaling ladder, the well known Providence line of rapid hoist extension ladders, the Providence safety ladder locks, Baker cellar pipes. Baker wagon and deuge pipes; Providence line of trussed fire ladders; the new Filer Holloway chemical engine tanks, and many other fire tools of merit and popularity. A visit to their different shops in Providence discloses a veritable hive of industry. C. N. Richardson, the proprietor oi the Combination Ladder Co., is entitled to immense credit for his organizing power in increasing the business to world-wide proportions

C. N. RICHARDSON, President of the Combination Ladder Co.