MANHATTAN. KAN., CHIEF USES BOY SCOUTS IN FIRE PREVENTION
Utilizes the Members of the Organization for the Distribution of Handbills on Evils of Carelessness—Small Fire Loss
I HAVE found the members of the Boy Scouts of consideraide assistance to me in the work of fire prevention in Manhattan. I am a firm believer in “putting the fires out before they start,” and I have taken advantage off the offer of the services which a troop of Boy Scouts made to me. The smaller view herewith shows a group of these youths while engaged in covering the city with handbills emphasizing the necessity for care in matters of fire prevention. One of these handbills is reproduced here.
The way that these youths have taken hold of the fire prevention matters of the city has opened my eyes to the advantages of using this means of increasing interest among the people in lessening the fire loss. The Boy Scouts have and will continue to be a great help to the Fire Department in this particular and I am enthusiastic about the results I have obtained through their services.
Besides the actual work they have done in distributing the hand bills, and so on, the influence of the youngsters in their homes as regards the increase among the parents of care in fire prevention matters has been of considerable assistance.
I am glad to say that we have been able to cut our fire loss in Manhattan very considerably since taking up fire prevention, and the Fire Department, which, as will be seen by the larger view, consists of fourteen men, three apparatus and a chief’s car, has had many less fires to contend with since we have pushed the matter. We have recently added a new Seagrave 600-gal. pumper to our equipment.