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Model Fire Protection System Saves Money

Issue 9 and Volume 94.

Model Fire Protection System Saves Money Adoption of scientific methods, good planning, acquisition of modern equipment and construction of surface water mains through heavily wooded areas have combined to give Gloucester, Mass., a model forest fire protection system that has brought a sharp reduction in fire losses. The system also has brought a marked decrease in municipal expenditures for battling forest fires which have occurred principally in the West Gloucester woods. Spring and early Fall, almost without exception, brought costly forest fires in the wooded areas in the lower West Gloucester parish. They burned sometimes for days, were most destructive of standing timber and cost hundreds of dollars per fire for scores of men employed to extinguish them. The situation was becoming worse. and Supt. Albert C. Labelle, who has the dual role of forest warden and city forester, decided to do something about it. There was no water in…

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