Guarding Rural Communities from Fire
Another striking example of the new tendency toward organized rural fire protection is described in this week’s issue on page 1285. It is the excellently organized Los Angeles, Cal., County Fire Department and the article is written by the acting chief of the organization. This department is particularly interesting in that it guards a large territory which is unincorporated. In spite of this fact, which it might be supposed would prove a deterrent both to the proper organization and the financing of the department, it is compactly formed and in a comparatively flourishing condition as to its finances.
The description adds considerable data to this interesting and important move in fire prevention. It will, no doubt, prove of considerable help to chiefs and others who are working toward the necessary protection of the farming and rural districts of the country, heretofore one of the most neglected fields in this respect. The fact that an organization so compact and efficient as the Los Angeles County Fire Department not only can be formed, but is actually a thing of reality and a very successful unit, should prove of considerable encouragement to chiefs looking forward to the formation of fire departments among the farming communities, so that mutual self-help will take the place of reliance upon the local fire-fighters of the nearest city.
The protection of the outlying districts often proves considerable of a burden and no small problem to the average fire chief and any solution which will make these scattered homesteads self-protecting will he heartily welcomed. The Los Angeles plan seems to offer a very excellent solution to the difficulty.