1937-8-25 County, State Will Buy Forest Patrol Airplane
County, State Will Buy Forest Patrol Airplane An airplane, to be used chiefly for patrolling the forest areas in the county, will be purchased jointly by San Bernardino county and the state. The board of supervisors yesterday authorized an expenditure of $500 toward purchase of the plane and the state has contributed $1,000. The plane will also be available for emergency use of county departments and law enforcement agencies, said Russell Z. Smith, state forester for San Bernardino county who requested the board to make the appropriation. Mr. Smith said that the airplane that the county and state will purchase is now owned by an oil company. It is a special built model and designed for carrying equipment and has a 440 horsepower motor. A transport pilot will be engaged on an hourly basis to fly the ship. A radio transmitter will be in-1 stalled in the plane so that two-way radio communication may be maintained over the timberlands on patrols flights. The state forestry service operates a radio transmitter at its headquarters, 3870 Sierra Way, and all fire trucks are equipped with receiving sets. Mr. Smith said that operation of the plane can be financed through the budget of the forest unit to which the county contributes approximately $8,000 a year. The airplane will be used to direct operations during fire fighting and also to determine the location of blazes which cannot accurately be located from lookout stations. The ship would also be available to the San Bernardino national forest service which will pay an hour ly rental of approximately $25 for its 'use.