This Day in History: 1934-02-15
The Township Committee witnessed a demonstration of a new method of charing the Fire Departments’ Chemical Tanks at the monthly meeting. Fire Chief Monroe pointed out that the present system using sulphuric acid and bicarbonate of soda was so caustic as to damage the paint on the truck, the clothing and books of the firemen and even the objects which were afire. Also, the pressure in the tanks was not subject to control. A Mr. Clark, the manufacturer of a new process, explained that his mixture of carbon dioxide and water was only mildly toxic and could be fully controlled by the operators. He invited the Committee Members outside for a demonstration. The conversion to the new system, he pointed out, would only cost $164,25 and the tank could be recharged for about thirty cents. No action was taken by the Board on the request.