AhrensFox Fire Engine Co., Cincinnati, Ohio

Steam driven water pumps take many forms and a classic configuration is the Fire Engine Pumper.  Mr. Jim Murray, retired F.D.N.Y. and a close personal friend of Richard Curt Nepper, the last owner of the Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Co. has graciously provided us with a copy of his presentation with his photo gallery as presented to the Fire Museum of Maryland in 2011. The photos are from the personal collection of both Mr. Nepper and Mr. Murray.

Rotary Vane PumpRotary Gear PumpIn the presentation Mr. Murray refers to  three pump types used at Ahrens-Fox. They were the rotary, the piston, and the centrifugal pump. A rotary pump, shown to the right, is a positive displacement pump using either a single rotor  (vane, piston, progressing cavity, screw, or peristaltic) or multiple rotor (gear, lobe circumferential piston, or screw). A reciprocating pump is either a piston, a plunger or a diaphragm. Centrifugal pumps differ from rotary pumps in that they rely on kinetic energy rather than mechanical means to move liquid. Liquid enters the pump at the center of a rotating impeller and gains energy as it moves to the outer diameter of the impeller.

Alexander Bonner "Moses" Latta, Nineteenth-Century Inventor and Entrepreneur, by Sandra R. Seidman. Alexander B. Latta is given credit for the first workable steam fire engine produced in 1853 for the city of Cincinnati.Alexander Bonner "Moses" Latta, Nineteenth-Century Inventor and Entrepreneur,
by Sandra R. Seidman, Northern Kentucky University
 
"Alexander B. Latta is given credit for the first workable steam fire engine
  produced in 1853 for the city of Cincinnati."

First published in the Journal of Kentucky Studies, Northern Kentucky University, Volume Twenty-nine, September 2012

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 Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Co., The Curt Nepper Years, by Jim Murray, retired F.D.N.Y.


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 Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Co. Photo Gallery, by Jim Murray, retired F.D.N.Y.

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 Ahrens Fox - The Rigs That Never Were, by Jim Murray, retired F.D.N.Y.

 

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Historic items from the former Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Co. now the StorAll Self Storage, 1109 Alfred St. Cincinnati, Ohio and from the Pioneer Automobile Club and Howard County Retired Police & Fire Fighters Association in Kokomo, IN
       


Warner Elevator at the old Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Co, Cincinnati, Ohio

Photos permitted courtesy of Rick & Sherry Hood from StorAll Self Storage