NOTTINGHAM'S NEW FIRST AID FIRE PUMP.
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A Creditable Production on a Dennis Chassis from the Nottingham Brigade's Own Workshops.
WHILST developments in relation to 'Nottingham's fire-fighting appliances have marked, within recent years, a complete metamorphosis, from horse-drawn engines to apparatus of the most up-to-'date motor type, a recent addition to the resources of the municipality possesses the added interest that it represents the outcome of the mechanical operations of those who, constituting the brigade, are engaged in the workshops contiguous to the Guildball's central station.
The city is fortunate in the possession of a corps which, combined with its abilities to deal with outbreaks within a wide radius, has manifested its competence to undertake operations indicative of a high standard of the artificer's craft. • To the great advantage of the ratepayers all necessary requirements in regard to repairs and the production of new parts for engines, fire-escapes and other indispensable concomitants, have long been supplied by the skilled workers, who form the major portion of the brigade.
Not long ago the value of the equipment was enhanced by the addition of a Tilling-Stevens aerial ladder, forming, in its capacity for reaching ordinarily inaccessible points, quite the most useful production of its kind yet brought into use in the provinces and comparable with any in operation in Metropolitan territory.
The interesting addition which has now been made to the plant comprises a motor pump of exceedingly compact design, which has been built up in the brigade workshops upon a chassis supplied by Dennis Bros., Ltd., having a pump of from 200 to 250 gallons per minute capacity, and an ingenious firstaid equipment. The body frame has been made of ash, mahogany panels being built in to complete an exceedingly effective piece of work. A salient feature in relation to the production is that the hose reel has been thrown to the rear of the machine, the body of which being wider than is ordinarily found in such appliances, has permitted also of a convenient arrangement for placing at the rear first-aid -chemical extinguishers for dealing with fires resulting from petrol or other dangerous inflammable products which require especial care in their treatment.
This appliance, which, after recent inspection by members of the -watch committee, was commissioned as a first-call machine, now bringing the number of the brigade's equipment up to six, is fitted with a Dennis-Tamini patent turbine pump. The first-aid tank is equipped with a reel of 150 ft. of hose, to be utilized in the first stages of an outbreak. Space is provided for upwards of 600 yds. of 21-in. hose. Upon the superstructure there has been mounted
a 86-ft. Ajax extending ladder, in addition to a folding pompier and a jumping sheet, whilst in a locker, which has been arranged beneath, a one-hour Siebe Gorman smoke helmet, life-saving gear, etc., are carried. It is interesting to record in relation to the latter that it includes a life-saving apparatus which was designed some years ago by Superintendent, J. Mumby, the present esteemed chief of the brigade.
The first-aid equipment includes four .-two-gallon Fire Snow and two C.T.C. hand extinguishers for dealing with oil and petrol fires. The lighting battery is located in the rear panel. A. notable feature is a folding grid, which has been installed at the' rear of the machine, which, when closed, forms a step by which the engine may be easily mounted from either side, and which, when extended, also enables a large quantity of hose and wet gear to be carried with ease.
The engineer can direct all operations from the rear of the machine. The machine upon its trial has given excellent results, and it constitutes, an admirable addition to the resources of a brigade of which Nottingham has just reason to be proud.