Predicts Planes Will Be Used in Fighting Rural Area Fires
At the meeting of the New Hampshire Fire Chiefs in Concord, December 11th. George A. Robinson, designer and architect of municipal buildings, discussing post-war planning, predicted that future fire stations in the rural communities may be equipped with airplanes to fight forest and woods fires. He also recommended that fire stations to be erected in small towns be designed to take care of a ladder truck, pumper and hose truck as a minimum requirement.
Mr. Robinson had a special message for the wives of fire chiefs. He urged them to take more interest in fire fighting and equipment. In rural communities women have become a vital part of many volunteer fire organizations, he said.
A question and answer period was conduced by A. Clifford Hudson, Secretary of the Association.
The next meeting was set for the second Sunday in February at Manchester, the speaker to be Mr. A. C. Hutson, of the National Board of Fire Underwriters. A committee composed of Chief William E. Ely, Pittsfield; Eugene Riley, Keene; and B. O. Berquist of Berlin, was named to study the status of auxiliary firemen, from the standpoint of insurance inasmuch as the State Council of Defense has gone out of existence. While the Council was operating, auxiliary firemen were covered by federal insurance in case of accidents occurred in performance of their duties, but it is understood that with cessation of defense activities, insurance coverage of auxiliary firemen also ceased.