Rural Fire Companies of Farm Bureaus Reduce Foodstuffs Loss
Authorities in California call attention to the fact that the organization of rural fire companies by the farm bureaus in different districts, has resulted in a large reduction in loss of foodstuffs. The loss due to grain and grass fires in the state last year was $750,000, and although the risks this year were regarded as much greater, owing to pro-German activities and sabotage, the losses were only about 40 per cent of that sum. Companies were formed in 366 farm communities and 257 of these bought suitable fire-fighting equipment, to be carried by automobiles. A territory of over 15,000 square miles was thus covered by the 6,391 farmers and stockmen engaged in the work. It is thought that fully $500,000 worth of foodstuffs have been saved by this means.