Unique Commercial Fire Department Profits “Customers” and Itself

Issue 11 and Volume 111.

Unique Commercial Fire Department Profits “Customers” and Itself Without Rating Bureau recognition privately owned Rural Fire Protection, Inc., boasts 21-year service record to community —All photos by Lyle Christopher son COMMERCIAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS were never much in evidence in this country’s fire protection system, and it is said the total of such “businesses” has declined over the years. But you couldn’t prove it by looking at Rural Fire Protection Inc. of Yakima, Wash. Still flourishing as it proceeds through its 21st year of service in the outskirts of Yakima, a city of 42,000, Rural could well be the most unique fire fighting outfit in the Pacific Northwest. Rural is a privately owned and operated business performing a service usually handled by a tax-supported agency. It is a unique enterprise because it has never hooked lines to a hydrant while fighting a lire; its schedule of charges have remained as fixed…

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