Radio Reduces Forest Fire Losses

Radio Reduces Forest Fire Losses

Applications for construction permits for four new transmitters to tie into Connecticut’s fire control radio network have been filed with the Federal Communications Commission, it has been announced by Donald C. Mathews, Director of the Connecticut State Park and Forest Commission.

Director Mathews said permits were requested for installations in the fire towers at Redding, Pomfret, East Haddam, and Roxbury. If granted the installations would bring to 13 the number of fire observation towers in Connecticut equipped with radio. There are now 19 towers in the state, eight of which are radio equipped, and one for Which a license has been procured. This will be ready later in the year, according to Director Mathews.

Radio permits almost instantaneous communication with the equipment towers through the central office at Hartford. Radio, Mr. Mathews said, has been an important factor in drastically reducing losses through forest fires in Con necticut.

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