1937-8-24 Ranger Asks County Buy Plane for Patrol Service
Ranger Asks County Buy Plane for Patrol Service Proposing that San Bernardino county unite with the state forestry department in purchasing an airplane for patrol service, Russell Z. Smith, state forester in this district, yesterday appeared before the board of supervisors to request an appropriation of $500 toward the cost of a ship. The plane, he explained, would be available for both the state foresters and the county sheriff's department for patrolling the undeveloped areas, both during the fire hazard season and the winter months. The state, he said, would pay $1,-000 toward the cost of the plane, the state and county jointly hiring a transport pilot to operate the ship on an hourly basis. Mr. Smith explained to the su pervisors that there is frequent need for an airplane, particularly during the summer months. Last year, he said, the U. S. Forest service rented an airplane for 60 hours and his department used a ship for 30 hours at an average rental of $25 an hour. The ship which he proposed the county and state purchase could be rented, he said, to the U. S. Forest service. It would be kept at the Shandin Hills airport. The supervisors delayed a decision on Mr. Smith's request for the appropriation, asking further details as to the cost of operation and a statement from Sheriff Emmett L. Shay as to the need of a plane for patrol service.