The Seagrave Hydrant Cut-off Valve.
To produce an appliance that will save much in the matter of space and reduction of time in fire protection is not a frequent occurrence. Yet there are no two things more important to those engaged in the profession of firefighting. When, with the use of an ordinary spanner and a three-quarter turn of the Seagrave valve, a hydrant may be opened much has been accomplished of great benefit to fire department and waterworks officials; in fact, it may be called a revolution in the old method of opening and shutting hydrants. By the use of this valve the greatest facility is afforded in operating hydrants. They cannot lie injured in collision with wagons, as the face of the valve lies close to the barrel of tia hydrant, thus leaving very little projection to come into contact with vehicles of any kind Another important feature of this valve is that by its use the drivers of strcet-sprinklim wagons cannot spoil valves at the bottom of by drants by opening and shutting down twenty times a day. The great saving of time, too, b another important point to be considered. Fire men are always anxious to save as much time as possible on arrival at the scene of a fire. Ere fluently they are obliged to shut down a hydranl and all previous streams in order to attach second and third lines of hose. By the old methoc only a hundred gallons of water would reach the fire the first five minutes, while with using a Seagrave shut-off valve two or more hose connections may be made without interfering with any stream already being thrown from the same plug while 5,000 gallons of water can be thrown or the lire in less than five minutes. Surely these facts arc worth considering and it will well repay those interested to obtain descriptive matter from the inventor. F. S. Seagrave, 89 Smith avenue Detroit, Mich. I he illustration shows the valve attached to a hydrant and the method of operating .it. The valve may be placed on hydrants now in use without disturbing their setting.