Dick Vernor Guest of Memphis Rotary Club

Issue 12 and Volume 97.

Dick Vernor Guest of Memphis Rotary Club Richard E. Vernor, Manager of the Fire Prevention Department of the Western Actuarial Bureau and Chairman of the Fire Department Instructors’ conference held annually in Memphis, Tenn., was a guest of the Rotary Club of that city during Fire Prevention Week. Mr. Vernor stated that the nation is not winning the home-front battle against fires. “The national estimated fire loss in the last twelve months, ending August 31, was $412,000,000. In 1932, the national fire loss was $235,000,000,” Mr. Vernor said. In the past, fires have killed more Americans than were lost in battle, Mr. Vernor added. “During the past twentyfive years more have died by fire than the total killed in World War I and the Civil War combined. Since 1900, fire has killed almost half a million people, resulted in property loss of fifteen billion dollars.” “The causes of fire are…

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