Boy Scouts Unit to Aid Fire Fighters
Seventy boy scouts of Augusta, Ga., who have qualified for the scout merit badge in firemanship, together with representatives of city council, civil service commissioners, localfire underwriters and members of the Augusta fire department, under Chief Frank G. Reynolds, assembled on Monday night, November 19, on the third floor of fire department headquarters. The scouts and other members who were interested in the development of the unit, met for the purpose of discussing plans for the organization of the Augusta Scout Firemanship Emergency Unit.
The purpose of the organization will be to stress Fire Prevention, but the unit will be trained to render assistance in emergency. The scout firemen will in no sense be thrown into work expected of professional firemen, or into any danger that would result in loss of life, but will be trained to keep crowds back, to direct traffic out of fire areas, to prevent automobiles front crossing hose lines, to serve as messengers and to render first aid treatment to the injured. The scout firemen will work to reduce fire hazards in their homes, in their neighborhood and to help in giving leadership in connection with fire drills at schools.
When the Scout Firemanship Unit is completely organized, it will be officially recognized by the city of Augusta and each scout fireman will be awarded a distinctive badge which will be recognized by the police and fire department. The meeting was closed by an interesting talk on Fire Prevention by Chief Frank G. Reynolds.