Forest Fires Controlled by Small Pump
On May 3 last, with two men and seven Boy Scouts assisting him, J. E. Bushnell of Brattleboro, Vt., stopped a very severe forest fire that had jumped several back fires and was being fought by about fifty men. It had burned over about 75 acres of forest and brush land when he arrived, armed with three Indian fire pumps. The pumps were operated against a wall of flame driven by a high wind, but in about one and a half hours, the last vestige of fire had disappeared.
A similar occurrence was that in Nevada City, Cal., in which a heavy growth of grass became afire, and the Fire Department, under Chief Miles G. Coughlin, was called to extinguish the blaze. According to Chief Coughlin the position of the fire was such that the department would have had to lay two or three thousand feet of hose to properly cope with the fire. In this emergency two Indian pumps were requisitioned and within a reasonable time the fire was out after a hard fight, and a large property loss was averted. The pumps are made by D. B. Smith & Co., Utica, N. Y.