Fire Losses at Army Installations Less Than Civilian Rate
Losses due to fire in Army camps, posts and stations in the United States are eighty per cent less than fire losses for civilian property, the War Department announced recently.
For civilian real property in the United States, the fire loss rate, on the basis of underwriters’ experience, is about $1.43 a year per $1,000 of valuation, compared with a rate of thirty-one cents at Army installations.
The Corps of Engineers has fire fighting platoons stationed all over the world, protecting American property from destruction by fire. Trained in this country, members of these platoons protect depots, hospitals, wharves and troop cantonments subject to enemy attack.
Fire protection is a responsibility of the post engineer, who, in addition, is charged with maintenance of buildings, grounds and roadways; vermin and rodent control; dust and erosion control and control and maintenance of all utilities.