Two Chicago Companies Are Tied for First Place

Two Chicago Companies Are Tied for First Place

Keen rivalry exists among firemen as to which engine company is the fastest. The test consists of leaving quarters with apparatus, coupling to hydrant, stretching 300 feet of hose, and obtaining 100 pounds water pressure in the shortest time, according to the Chicago, Ill., Tribune. All engine companies are required by fire department rules to undergo this test twice a year. It is part of the department’s efficiency system. “No old records count,” said John F. Cullerton, business manager of the fire department. “No matter what time was made by a company a year ago, only the present records count.” The official records showed that engine companies 51 and 103 are tied for the best present record. This is 15 seconds. Engine company 48, which, on a previous record, did the job in 14 seconds, took 24 second on May 23 of this year. Engine companies 51 and 103 made their tests last month. In the last eighteen months the latter company has made the test three times in 15 second, so the fire department officials said it should have the prize, if one was awarded. “It is today’s efficiency which counts and not what a company did a year ago,” said Mr. Cullerton. “Let company 48 show up the high ones next testing period.”

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