On Improving Mutual Aid

Issue 10 and Volume 118.

On Improving Mutual Aid A discussion of the apparatus, equipment and organization needed to provide multiple-alarm response to fires in rural and suburban areas THE VOLUNTEER fire service in most rural and suburban areas faces a basic economic problem. The tax structure of a small town is unable to provide the funds necessary to maintain adequate fire fighting equipment to meet the variety and extent of fires which may occur. In recent years this problem has been greatly aggravated by the trend toward decentralization of industry, exodus from urban to suburban and rural areas, and a consequent multiplicity of fire hazards formerly thought of in connection with large cities but now dotting suburban and rural areas. The fire potential in these areas has not only expanded tremendously, but includes in its scope fires of so serious and explosive a nature that they may be impossible to handle by any one…

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