Ventnor City Fire Department
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the founding of Ventnor City, N. J., on June 7, a novel exhibition will be given of the wonderfully up-to-date fire department of the city. Ventnor boasts of the only horseless fire department in a town of its size in the country, every piece being driven by power. There are live pieces altogether, a large Robinson “Jumbo” engine, which will pump 950 gallons of water a minute; a Webb engine, pumping 750 gallons a minute; a Rowe chemical engine, which can he driven at the rate of fifty miles an hour; a large up-to-date aerial truck, with Cristy front-drive tractor, and a supply wagon, with a speed of more than forty miles an hour. This magnificent battery of automobile fire engines cost more than $25,000 and the fire station, pumping station and equipment, cost altogether $100,000. When it is considered that Ventnor is only a city of 1,200 population, and is only one and a third miles in extent, credit must be given to the modern spirit that is shown in providing this fine fire apparatus. A bet of $1,000 has been made that the whole tire department will be on hand three minutes after the time an alarm is turned in from any part of the town, and the test will be made upon the occasion of the anniversary.