Samuel Eastman and Company of East Concord, N. H. received last week from the World’s Columbian Exposition, the metal and diploma awarded to them for improvement in fire streams and their handling. The medal is very artistic in design, incased in a plush border, and hung in a beautifully finished aluminum case. The whole carries out most appropriately the advancement that this firm has made in largely bringing out this metal in their new system for the fire service in the highest degree. This medal proves of more than ordinary value to this firm from the fact that this was the only medal and diploma awarded at the World’s Fair for improvement in fire streams and their handling.
It is officially reported that the Gleason & Bailey aerial truck in service in the New York fire department is operated to the height o( 89 feet in twenty-seven seconds, without removing the horses.—Forty more hameless steel horse collars have been bought by the fire department of New York city.
The Standard Publishing Company of Boston,has published its “Standard Insurance Directory” for 1896, in which is given a complete list of the fire, marine, life, casualty, and miscellaneous insurance companies doing business in Boston and the other leading cities and towns of New England, with the names and locations of their principal agents. As usual, this directory is full of valuable, statistical and other information pertaining to the various branches of insurance,and forms a very handy and most useful guide to all underwriters and agents—one which they can hardy afford to be without.
The Combination I.adder Company of Providence, R. I., has just received from John Martin, Sons & Co., Montreal agents, an order for a full set of fire ladders for a truck, the extensions to be equipped with the Providence safety locks.— During the past week, safety locks have been also shipped to the fire department of Birmingham. Ala.—Three more of the Baker cellar-pipes have been sent to Boston, Mass. This pipe is proving a very valuable appliance for fire-extinguishing beneath floors, as a casual glance will indicate. It is well worth the investigation of firemen. No town or city can afford to be without this valuable new appliance for controling fires beneath floors. It is a radical change and a new departure from the old, awkward, unsatisfactory methods. Insurance companies everywhere are waking up to the fact that it is for their interest to see that it is specified for use in all large mills and factories of every description. The wave of appreciation is sweeping rapidly along and the Baker pipe has won a bright victory and position during the past year. Mr, Richardson, proprietor of the Combination Ladder Company is to be congratulated upon its result.—East Greenwich, R. I., has purchased i,ooo feet of hose from the Combination Ladder Company.—Andover and Stoughton, Mass., have both received new hook and ladder trucks from this concern during the present week and both are highly pleased with the excellence and fine style of finish.—Wednesday, July 15. a new Holloway chemical engine for the town of Foxboro, Mass., was delivered and tested by a selling agent of the Combination Ladder Company of Providence. The engine did splendid work and pleased a large crowd of town’s people who turned out en masse to see it work. It is a very handsome, compact, well built engine having two 50-gallon tanks of polished copper. The construction of this chemical engine is such that it can be readily and quickly operated by one man at the rear. Everybody was highly pleased with the selection of an engine and it was at once placed in commission.—Thursday evening, July 16. 1896. the rew Common Sense nozzle, manufactured by the Combination Ladder Company and Rhode Island Coupling Company of Providence, was given a practical test at the Central fire station on Essex street; Haverhill, Mass. Fire Commissioner Gordon, Alderman Chace, and others of the board of engineers witnessed the test and expressed themselves as being well pleased with its work. At a meeting of the committee that night three were purchased. This firm is bringing out simultaneously with the new fire nozzle a new chemical nozzle built on the same general lines with the addition of an elbow tip to be used for inserting between partitions. It is a simple idea, yet one which has long been needed and all firemen will agree that an extra service given them for a chemical stream will be highly valuable.—The department of New Britain, Conn., have had a full new equipment of the Thompson steel horse collars and purchased them from the agency of the Combination Ladder Company of Providence.— The department of Baltimore, Md., have purchased several sets of the safety locks patented and manufactured solely by the Combination Ladder Company of Providence.—This company has also delivered two new trucks to Southboro, Mass., the present week.
The committee chosen by the citizens for the purpose of organizing a fire department at Hyannis, Mass., have taken action and have purchased from the Combination Ladder Company of Providence, R. I., one Gleason and Bailey steel frame hook and ladder truck with complete equipment. They have also purchased a number of fire extinguishers from the same firm. Also an outfit of buckets and general fire tools. This is a good beginning for the town, and the citizens are much pleased at the prospect of the protection thus given.