Oregon Starts Fire Prevention Records
A. H. Averill, Oregon State Fire Marshal, announces the pioneering by his office of a new step in the advancement of fire prevention work through the installation of fire prevention bureaus in cities and the larger towns of the state having paid and regularly organized fire departments. The need for a uniform system of record keeping was realized when a survey revealed that some of the various systems in use were inadequate and incomplete and that many times when information was needed it was necessary to go to the files of local newspapers.
Under the auspices of the State Fire Marshal’s office, and working in conjunction with the Fire Chiefs of the cities of the above classification, a uniform system is being rapidly adopted in the form of an accumulative card file which records all inspections and investigations with the result that those occupancies which have been checked, and the recommendations not complied with, are readily available for rechecking upon referring to the new records. The system includes a complete report of all fires together with details as to how they were extinguished and the kind of equipment used. Included also is an individual fire history of all persons suffering a loss by fire and a similar record of every building.
The work is rapidly progressing and this year will see its successful operation throughout the state.