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Recent Developments in the Construction of Tank Truck Fire Apparatus

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The Department of Forester and Fire Warden of Los Angeles County, Calif., has a fire control problem which is unique among forest protection agencies in America. The nonurban and nonagricultural lands of the connty support a vegetative growth--largely chaparral--which is of low value for wood production, of extremely high value for watershed protection, of unusually great inflammability during dry, windy weather, and which usually completely surrounds structural property representing considerable capital investment and taxable values. Consequently the fire fighting personnel must be constantly prepared to safeguard structures as well as so-called forest growth from fire. One of the first-line defense units of the county's protection forces is the tank truck fire apparatus. The author describes some of the latest equipment developed by the county for forest and structural fire fighting. For the dual purpose for which it is used, this equipment is perhaps the most modern and efficient in existence.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Los Angles County Department of Forester and Fire Warden

Publication date: December 1, 1939

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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