This article tells that one of the four fire companies in the Village of Brockport is to get a motorized fire truck. The motor, frame and cab of the truck is to be built by the Selden Truck Co. Then the back part of the truck will be equipped by a company from Utica. See some pictures of Selden trucks over on the GenWeb pictures pages.
Notice in the ad that the Indian motorcycle will go up to 70 mph. That in spite of the fact that only about 10% of the roads were paved in those days
THE BROCKPORT REPUBLIC
April 13, 1916
NEW CHIEF OF FIRE DEPARTMENT
GEO. E. BENEDICT SUCCEEDS FRED SCHLOSSER
Silsby Hose Orders Selden Truck and Full Equipment
Delegates from the five hose companies of the villages met last Thursday and chose the following officers to be recommended to the Village Board: Chief, George B. Benedict of Silsby Hose; first assistant, George F. Guelf, of the Protectives; second assistant, Fred Gillespie of Capen Hose; treasurer, John Kinsella, of Harrison Hose.
Mr. Benedict will replace Chief Fred Schlosser, who for over twenty years has been active as chief of Brockport’s department. He has been interested in volunteer firemen during that time and is well known by fire fighters throughout the western part of the state.
Mr. Benedict has been one of the most active members of Silsby Hose and will make an efficient chief. His friends serenaded him after his election with the fife and drum corps.
At a meeting of Silsby Hose Company held that evening it was decided to purchase a motor fire truck for which the Silsby Company would be personally responsible. On Monday of this week, representatives of the company went to Rochester and selected a Seldon, two ton truck. The body of the truck is to be of special make and built and equipped by the Childs Co., of Utica, N. Y., who build practically all the truck bodies for the fire trucks of New York City. Among the equipment will be one 35 gallon chemical tank; one 24 foot ladder; one 24 foot extension ladder; four large size hand chemicals; axe; crowbar; special shut off nozzle; acetylene head lights; combination side and tail lights; one 10 inch search light; large siren horn; one 12 inch locomotive bell, and single wheel solid tires. The Company is promised its delivery in time for the annual inspection..
Plans are also being made for the re-decoration and re-furbishing of the Silsby rooms. The boys are also to come out in new uniforms this year..