City and County Fire-Fighting Cooperation
The plan of cooperation between a city and the surrounding rural districts in the matter of fire-fighting is one which is rapidly gaining ground in sections where there are good sized cities surrounded by sparsely settled communities or farm lands. One of the pioneers in this movement was the city of Logan, Utah, and the plan of cooperation worked out between the city and the surrounding county, of which it is the seat, is a model that has since been copied many times by other like communities.
There are many mutual advantages in this plan. The county by it secures help and protection from fire that it otherwise could not obtain, while the city has the advantage of an extra apparatus for its fire department, when not in service in the country districts, and a couple of extra firemen.
As a rule the country districts are particularly helpless in the case of fire. The houses are isolated and the facilities for fighting fire are poor, if there are any at all. Any plan that can assure the farmer of better protection from fire will be welcomed not only by this class but also by the fire department of the neighboring city, whose chief must of necessity feel a certain responsibility for the welfare of the unprotected homes in the suburbs and outlying districts of the city. In cases of this kind the plan of Logan City should appeal with particular force.