Kansas Fire Marshal’s Work

Kansas Fire Marshal’s Work

The first annual report of the Kansas State Fire Marshal shows that Harrison Parkman, the first incumbent of the office, has begun a system of education against carelessness by means of a fire prevention bulletin furnished to the public schools, a series of lectures on fire prevention furnished to any one upon request and the organization of local prevention associations in a number of towns. The newspapers arc co-operating and the public schools are generally adopting the plan of devoting a certain period each week to the study of fire prevention. The marshal is also checking incendiarism. The report says as to this point: “Seventy-two suspected incendiary cases have’ been investigated in the past nine months by the State Fire Marshal Department. Thirteen persons have been sentenced by various courts and have been sent to the penitentiary, the reformatory, jails and the state insane asylum. Three boys are under jurisdiction of juvenile courts. Five alleged incendiaries are at present bound over to district court after preliminary trial. Two cases have been dismissed and three persons have been acquitted by the jury. One incendiary committed suicide before a warrant could be issued. Nine suspected incendiaries are fugitives. Twelve investigations have been dropped by the department for lack of evidence of incendiarism. The investigation of the remainder of the seventy-two cases has not been completed.”

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