The Gibbs Fire Escape.
An appliance of unusual merit, which is at once a safeguard for the occupants of lofty buildings, and a valuable auxiliary to the fire service has been placed on the market by the Gibbs Fire Es cape company, of Washington, D. C. This is an endless chain fire escape. In appearance and size the machine resembles a clock case, and is bolted to the wall above the top window. The escape chain, having a tensile strength of 2,600 lb., runs over a sprockett, the perfect braking equipment allowing one passenger to descend at the rate of 360 ft. per minute, while that of four persons is only about 380. At the low speed the escape becomes an ideal hoisting machine with which firemen can hoist themselves and hook to upper windows very rapidly. Two years ago the White House, at Washington, was equipped with these fire escapes, and at the same time a demonstration was given before Chief licit, consisting of raising and lowering men and hose with play pipe. The Washington chief’s comment was: “The test was a perfect success.” With the safety of an elevator, uniform speed, hoisting ability, and general utility for firemen, the Gibbs Eire Escape should have unparallcd success in its field of usefulness.
Although the physical requirements for New York’s firemen have been greatly raised, more than 1,400 candidates passed the recent medical examination, ft is expected that 500 men will be appointed as soon as the list is announced.