Willows to Motorize Department.

Willows to Motorize Department.

Locomobile Car Recently Built For White Plains, N. Y.

The San Francisco Call of recent date contained the following: The progressive town of Willows now enjoys the distinction of being one of the first municipalities on this coast to install an automobile pumping engine for fire fighting purposes. C. S. Richardson, manager of the Reliance Automobile Company, has just returned from Willow’s, where he delivered a 90 horsepower, six cylinder Knox fire fighting machine, and states that the Willows authorities are very much pleased with their latest acquisition for fire protection. “The Wilows pumping engine,” said Richardson, “is really an entire fire department in one piece. It consists of a reciprocating plunger pump with a capacity of delivering 000 gallons of water per minute, a 40 gallon chemical tank and a hose wagon body carrying 1,000 feet of 2 1/2 inch water hose. The machine is so large that the entire end of the freight car had to be removed before we could unload it. After filling up with gasoline and putting on a full load of hose, the big engine, with a crew of 10 men, was put to tests for speed and carrying capacity, which were really remarkable for a machine of this size. The maximum road speed developed was 20 miles per hour. The engine was then driven out to the baths, where a suction hose was run down to a large swimming tank and the pump started for an official test. R. B. Matthews, engineer of the board of underwriters, conducted the tests for the benefit of the hire Underwriters and the city of Willows. The requirement of 600 gallons per minute was easily accomplished, the pump delivering an average of 620 gallons per minute for one hour’s duration, readings being taken every minute, and with the throttle only’ half open. This same engine has delivered as high as 750 gallons per minute in previous tests, and that by suction from a tank with a low lift, where there is no hydrant pressure to assist the pump.” Richardson also visited Stocktin. where he delivered a Knox combination chemical and hose wagon, recently ireently ordered by that city, and reports that the speed test required there was excelled by eight miles an hour. Fire Chief McCann is so well pleased with the many advantages of motor propelled fire apparatus over horse drawn vehicles that he intends to change ovkir his entire equipment as rapidly as can be effected.

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