Tracked Apparatus Conquers Brush Fire

Issue 8 and Volume 119.

Tracked Apparatus Conquers Brush Fire Volunteer fire fighters of Lower Makefield and Falls Township, Pa., using aerial spotters to guide them through a swampy forest, extinguished a large fire in neighboring Five-Mile Woods on March 23—with the help of two recently developed tracked fire fighting vehicles. The volunteers responded to a midmorning telephone alarm for a fire in the woods. On arrival they paused to size up the situation. Heavy smoke covered a large area deep within the woods, but the exact location and extent of the fire could not be determined. It was a classic case of not being able to see the trees because of the forest. Size-up from the air Fire-Police Captain Gene Titus of the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company pondered the problem. The dense woods and lack of access roads not only precluded reaching the fire zone with regular pumpers, but made travel by foot very difficult.…

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