The Pumper Scores Once More
Another feature of the fire just commented upon was the work of the pumper employed by Chief Bauman. The water works being on fire, naturally the pumps gave out at a critical period, when the blaze stopped their operation. Here it was that the pumper of the fire department demonstrated its usefulness and the necessity for its existence.
As soon as the pressure in the mains fell and the flow of water ceased, the suction hose of the pumper was dropped into the intake well of the water works, which in this case was situated in front of the buildings, and the pumper commenced to draft water from this source. This undoubtedly saved the water works buildings and machinery, the latter of which, after the debris of the fire had been cleared away, was found to be intact and in working order.
If Michigan City had not had the foresight to equip its fire department with a pumper, the fire fighters would have been helpless to control the blaze, owing to the failure of the water supply, and the city would have been without its water works. This again demonstrates the efficiency of this type of fire apparatus and its necessity to every up-to-theminute fire department.