Youthful Rangers Fight Brush and Grass Fires
When Larchmont, N. Y., firemen responded to a brush fire recently, they found a young man on a bicycle with an Indian Fire Pump on his back had beat them to the scene. He was 16-year-old Charles Fitch, president of Mamaroneck Rangers, a teen-age group of boys interested in fire control and conservation. Charles pitched in and helped the firemen extinguish the blaze before it did any damage.
The Rangers are divided into three districts and depend primarily upon back-pack pumps in their fire fighting work. Their efforts have received praise from professional firemen.
Young Fitch says that prior to obtaining their present pumps, they used “burlap and rakes to fight brush fires, and addition of the pumps has increased their efficiency 1000 per cent.”