Aiding Rural Districts Fight Fire
Practically every fire department that makes it a rule to answer calls for help from outside communities, has a call system peculiarly its own. One method that has worked quite satisfactorily, provides for a certain number of blasts on the fire alarm, which brings the same number of blasts on the electric siren, and is a signal calling firemen to the station. A wheel with a number is placed on the alarm system, this number also being sounded on the electric siren, denotes the source from which the call comes. When a sufficient number of men reach the fire station, the best piece of apparatus is immediately sent to the scene of the fire. Experience shows that three minutes are required to reach the street after a call has been made. As many as half a dozen firemen are often on the apparatus when it leaves the station. Unlike many instances, this system does not require permission to be had from a higher official, to take the engine outside the city. A card shows to whom the company reports on arriving at a destination. Firemen who are left at the station look after the reserve apparatus until the responding company returns. In all cases the community thus aided is supposed to reimburse the benefactor for the service.