Campaign in Pana for Motor Apparatus
The Pana, Ill., fire department will probably shortly be equipped with a motor fire truck, the women in the city taking a prominent part in the movement to secure up-to-date equipment when Chief George W. Searles pointed out the city’s need to them. On a recent Sunday morning, at 1,30 a. m., two young men lost their fives when their home was burned. The fire department did not have a suitable team to respond to fires with, one of the horses balking at the start and if the department had had a motor truck it is believed that beyond question the firemen could have saved the young men. When this did not result in the city council providing the department with Letter equipment, Chief Searles took the matter before the woman’s club of the city and made an appeal to them as mothers, daughters and wives, asking them to place themselves in that bereaved mother’s place, and all on account of the lack of proper facilities for responding to alarms. He pointed out that if they did not help him to convince the city council of the need, in case any of their loved ones were lost by fire they would be as much to blame as the council. The women became very enthusiastic for the project and there is now no question but what the department will get the truck. The members of the fire department arc donating $800 of their own money towards the purchase of the truck. Pana has a population cf about 8,000 with a distance of over a mile to cover in each direction from the fire station.