Volunteer Department Sets Up Research Bureau
A research bureau has been established within the administrative structure of the Meadowood Fire Department. Fitzwilliam, N. H. This bureau will be headed by Darwin D. Patterson, with the title of Supervisor. The main purpose of the bureau is to provide rural fire departments in New Hampshire with an information center on fire fighting equipment.
The bureau will not recommend any one piece of equipment over another, but will point out the advantages as described by the manufacturer or as learned by the bureau. The drill yard of the fire department presents an opportunity to test equipment and undoubtedly it will be used for this purpose. Statistical files and information will cover many types of fire trucks, ladder equipment, gas masks, hose, nozzles, uniforms and insignia and other items which can appropriately fit into the rural fire fighting picture. New techniques and procedures developed by fire departments throughout the country applicable to rural fire fighting will also be included. Donald Holbrook is Chief of the Meadowood Department.