THE STEWART FIRE APPARATUS.
The fire apparatus of the A. F. & S. C. Stewart company, of Rochester, N. Y., receives such general praise that it is not surprising to read in the local papers (hat one of its combination chemical and hose wagons, which has just been purchased by the Steelton, Pa., fire department for the use of the West Side hose company, was installed in that company’s station with great pomp and ceremony. The new piece of apparatus is of the latest improved pattern, handsomely painted and with a brave show of nickel plating in its automatic hose reel and tubular lanterns. It weighs about 3400 pounds and is equipped with an extension ladder, two thirty-gallon copper tanks, automatic hose reel with 150 feet of four-ply hose and shut-off nozzle, axes, etc. Discharge, overflow valves and connections and valves on the tanks for two and a half-inch hose arc supplied. Connections can be made for playing directly from the hydrant through the chemical hose, or for filling the tanks. The Stewart firm has also just shipped hose wagons to Olean, N. Y., and Oneonta, N. Y., and Clifton Forge, Va., and is completing another for Reynoldsville, Pa.
Fire Chief Lauer, of the Columbus, Ohio, fire department, recently had a contractor of that city arrested on a warrant for obstructing a hydrant at a corner where it is hard enough for the fire department to get water at any time, even when no obstruction is placed in its way.