Plan for Rural Fire Protection
Ira D. Goss, of the Agricultural Committee, of the National Fire Waste Council, was in charge of a meeting held at Chicago, October 22, to consider a plan for reducing farm fire losses. The meeting was attended by representatives of telephone companies, fire insurance underwriters and fire apparatus manufacturing interests, and the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
The plan calls for a three-point program. It advocated that if a farmer had a telephone, was within seven or eight miles of a fire station and would install a 2,500-gallon storage tank on his place and keep it properly filled, he would receive a ten per cent credit on the fire insurance premium.
Insurance interests did not promise so great a reduction, because of insufficient data on fire losses, the fact that in the winter time roads are frequently impassable, and that water tanks may become frozen. It was suggested that there be a small credit, to be adjusted later as conditions warrant.
On the following day there was a meeting of the Agricultural Committee of the National Fire Waste Council, and the Farm Fire Protection Committee of National Fire Protection Association.