From Model T’s to Aerial Tankers

Issue 8 and Volume 119.

From Model T’s to Aerial Tankers — L. A. County F. D. photos The equipment needed for fighting forest and brush fires Readers of Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy comic strip recently followed the development of “a giant machine to put out huge fires.” Perhaps the machine seemed a bit “Buck Rogerish,” but 25 years ago would even the most visionary fire officer have forecast that in 1966 air tanker planes would be responding to brush and forest fires on first alarms, that helicopters would be laying hose and dropping men and equipment in remote areas, and that radar-equipped planes would be scouting fires, electronically breaking through dense smoke cover? Refinements and progress in today’s workhorse of brush and forest fire lines—the mountain fire truck and patrol truck—have moved forward, but with less dramatic effect. Methods re-examined Faced with drought conditions in eastern forests, faced with unusual wild fire conditions in…

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