THE OAKES DRIVE-POINT NOZZLE.
The drive-point nozzle made by the Oakes and Garland company, of Bay City. Mich., seems to occupy an important position in the field of firefighting appliances It is designed to penetrate such dangerous supplies as cotton, coal or other materials where the regulation nozzle cannot reach. There cannot he any doubt of the fact that such a useful appliance will gradually become a necessity where effective firefighting under certain conditions is necessary. It is the only appliance of its kind made, and certainly possesses sufficient merit to recommend it to everyone interested in the perfect equipment of fire departments. When fire engineers considered the New York nozzle monstrosity introduced a few years ago, and kept some of them, surely the (lakes production must appeal to the scientific fireman as an appliance that ought to have a place among the best fire tools he carries. The accompanying detail drawing and half-tone illustration show the principal features of the nozzle and its adaptability in extinguishing fire below the surface. The following testimonial from one of the most progressive chiefs in the country, certainly bears out the fact that for the particular purpose for which it has been designed the Oakes drive-point nozzle is an excellent fire tool: “Bay City. Mich., October to, 1904. Messrs. Oakes & Garland, Bay City, Mich. Gentlemen:—1 have made a thorough test and examination of your drive-point nozzle, and wish to state that I consider it, for the purpose designed, the best appliance that can he added to any fire department. In coal fires it is particularly good, as it can be driven directly into the heart of the fire to any distance, which cannot be accomplished with any other known fire appliance or nozzle. T would fully recommend it to all corporations who have the storage of large bodies of coal. Tt will do the work to the satisfaction of every department who may put them in service. Very truly yours, Thomas K. Harding, Chief Fire Department, Bay City, Mich.”
The following are the chairmen of the special committees appointed by the National Fire Protection association: Alert Blauvelt, Chicago, area: E. M. Crosby, New A’ork, automatic snrinklers: C. II. Patton. Cleveland, car houses; E. T. Cavi-’s. Chicago, cement for building construction: W. C. Robinson. Chicago, devices and materials; Gorham Dana, Boston, factory standards: W. C. Robinson. Chicago, fire doors and shutters; C. Cabot. Boston, fireproof construction; F. C. Moore. Hartford, hose and hydrants: E. V. French, Boston, private fire supplies from public mains, also pumps; S. H. Lockett. New York, separate fire main systems; C. M. Goddard, Boston, signalling systems; C. A. Hexamer, Philadelphia, theatre construction and equipment: F. M. Griswold, New York, uniform fire service fittings; IT. E. Hess. New York, uniformity of requirements;F. H. Kunhardt, Boston, valves.
The total loss at Augusta, Ga., for the first half year of 1905 was $1.383.62; insurance loss, $9.189.73. This record has not been equaled since the paid fire department was established.
The Five-County Firemen’s association will hold its annual convention and parade at Coudersport, Pa., on August 15, 16, 17.