From the beginning, the policy has been consistently followed of relieving the railway companies from the necessity of maintaining special patrols, so far as weather conditions rendered such action practicable. The extent to which this policy could be carried out naturally depended also, to some degree, upon the extent to which the railway companies had specially organized their fire protection work, so as to ensure the prompt resumption of patrols when the weather became dry. The handling of this patrol work constitutes an important feature of the activities of the local officers of the Board. As a rule, these officers maintained a close degree of co-operation with the local railway officials, thus securing a maximum of efficiency in fire protection at a minimum of cost to the companies.
In order to show fully the degree of railway fire protection secured under the patrol requirements of the Board, the letter covering Canadian Northern lines in 1914 is quoted at length, with a summary of the measures required on other lines. The formal letter in each case contained substantially the same general provisions as those included in the Canadian Northern letter. The 1913 requirements are not quoted, since they differ only in minor details from the patrols pre-scribed in 1914.
CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY PATROLS
March 14, 1914.
The Canadian Northern Railway,
Mr. M. H. MacLeod, General Manager, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Dear Sir :
You are hereby notified that, in accordance with the provisions of General Order No 107 of the Board of Railway Commissioners, you are required to establish upon such portions of the Canadian Northern railway and of the lines under its control as are hereinafter described, a force of fire rangers fit and sufficient for efficient patrol and fire-fighting duty during the period from April 1st, 1914, to November 1st, 1914, except in so far as you may be relieved in writing from such patrol by the Chief Fire Inspector or other authorized officer of the Board.
The details of the patrols required are as follows, it being under-stood that unless otherwise specified, the patrol shall be continuous between the hours of seven in the morning and six in the evening of each day, including Sundays, with a minimum patrol of one round trip per day.
Port Arthur, Atikokan, and North Lake Subdivisions—Between Port Arthur and Rainy River, Ont., 285.8 miles, and between Twin