THE HARRIS TRAINING TOWER.

THE HARRIS TRAINING TOWER.

The accompanying illustration represents the Harris training and drill tower for firemen, as seen in operation. This tower was invented and erected by Wm. H. Harris, chief of Second battalion of the Detroit, Mich., fire department, where it was adopted, and where several have been in operation for the past five years, with good results in training new men and keeping the old ones in condition by giving them an opportunity to practise. The tower is skeleton in construction, symmetrical in proportion, neat in appearance and finish, and well constructed, not requiring any guys or braces, and will withstand any windstorm, it is particularly adapted to pompier work of all styles, and has a perpendicular ladder seventy-two feet high and a leaning ladder forty-two feet high, a knotted rope seventy-two feet long, and a swinging pole two inches in diameter and fiftythree feet long, or any desired length, to climb; a life-line from any of the five floors. It presents opportunities to handle hose up five flights of stairs, as well as up either of the ladders, also for practice of hoisting hose to any floor over a hose-roller, and in practice with all lengths of ladders and life-nets, the climbing pegs hand over hand, and many other styles of practice essential to the making of good firemen As many as thirty men can practise at one time, and no one interferes with the other. The tower is entirely of wood, all bolted together, and has a concrete foundation. It is exactly thirteen feet square, eighty-three feet from the ground to the point of the finial and is sixty-three feet from ground to the fifth floor. Both sides of the stairs and well-hole arc provided with a oneinch gas pipe railing to guard against accidents. Visiting chiefs and other firemen after witnessing the Detroit schools of instruction and practice on the tower have pronounced it just the thing, and all fire departments, to be up to date in the future, should certainly have such a training tower. Chief Larkin, of Dayton, Ohio, is now erecting one for his department. The outside cost is about $600. Wm. H. Harris, 822 St. Antoine street. Detroit. Mich., will give all information.

THE HARRIS TRAINING TOWER.

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