Issue 8 and Volume 109.

SMALL TOWNS-BIG PROBLEMS FEATURES The volunteer fire forces of the nation face many problems today. One of the worst is that of keeping pace with the growth in fire hazards and the increasing need for better fire protection in their districts. Not only are the demands upon the volunteer departments for meeting fire and other emergencies increasing, but so are costs to maintain and operate these fire forces. At the same time also, problems of keeping the organizations at a high level of efficiency, with the facilities at hand, are multiplying. An alarming aspect of the situation is that posed by the movements of people, business and industry out of some large centers into the suburbs and even what were formerly called rural areas. Surrounding nearly every progressive city of any size today are costly real estate, mercantile and industrial developments which present problems of fire prevention and control never…

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