Use Water From Locomotive to Fight Fire

Use Water From Locomotive to Fight Fire

The Ames, Ia., fire department, according to Chief L. R. Morris, adopted the novel expedient on July 15, of utilizing the water of a railroad locomotive to fight a $30,000 fire in the town of Ontario in the same state. The Ames department received an urgent call for assistance from Ontario and the pumper and crew were rushed to the village.

After drafting from two wells and exhausting the supply of both, the Ames department found themselves without water to fight the blaze, which threatened to get beyond control. In this emergency Chief Morris flagged a North Western freight train which was approaching and used the water from the engine’s tank to finally subdue the flames. A passenger train following the freight was delayed over an hour.

By this act the Ames chief saved several buildings which were in close proximity to the fire and badly threatened. As it was the fire destroyed an elevator, with contents of 300 bushels of corn, a mineral food plant, office building, coal shed and a carload of seed.

Elkins Park, Pa., to Have New Pumper—The fire department of Elkins Park. Pa., is awaiting delivery of their new 1,400 gallon Ahrens-Fox pumper.

Howland of National Board on Leave of Absence—John H. Howland, fire prevention engineer of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, and in charge of the movement for the standardization of fire hose threads and couplings, has been granted a leave of absence which will be effective from the latter part of September. He will move to Miami, Fla.

Great Falls, Mont., Men Trained by Mines—The firemen of Great Falls, Mont., were trained in mine rescue aid by members of rescue car No. 9 of the bureau of mines, U. S. department of the interior. The rescue car which is furnished by the government is one of ten similarly equipped to instruct the people in the mining localities in mine rescue work.

St. Joseph, Mo., May Have Drillmaster—An ordinance was introduced in the city council which will provide for a drill master and an assistant drillmaster. First Assistant Chief Urbanski who attended a training school in Chicago, will, if the ordinance is passed, be appointed drill master with a twenty dollar a month increase in salary. The ordinance does not provide for the first assistant chief being drill master and any man in the department could be named for the position.

Ohio Inspecting Public Wells—For more than a year, the state board of health of the state of Ohio has been conducting tests on public and semi-public wells. Thus far about 1,500 wells have been examined and only eighty received the seal of approval. The examinations are made along the following lines: possible source of contamination, type and construction of the well, whether dug, driven or drilled, and the character of the well wall or casing. A yellow enameled disk is affixed to the barrel of all approved hand pumped wells. The department of highways have co-operated and have placed markers directing the public to safe water supply.

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