Russian Village Fire Department.

Issue 27 and Volume 1893 14.

Russian Village Fire Department. In a Russian village there is not even such an organization as we possess in this country in the small volunteer companies. In their stead is a log stable with thatched roof, containing an old fashioned hand pump and three casks mounted on wheels. These are kept filled with water and each is drawn by a single horse. The horses are the property of the commune, and they are kept tethered outside the cabin, ready for duty at a moment’s notice. A place is also set apart in the hut for the muzhik, who serves as watchman, an office that is held, turn by turn, by the inhabitants of the township. The location selected for this cabin is near as possible to the residence of the Fristav, or the district captain of police, and upon an alarm of fire he drives to the scene in his…

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