HC Deb 24 July 1940 vol 363 c828W
Sir A. Baillie

asked the Home Secretary what steps have been taken recently to increase the efficiency of the Auxiliary Fire Service in rural areas; and whether any special steps have been taken to make the Auxiliary Fire Service capable of dealing effectively with any incendiary action by the enemy against haystacks, standing crops, farm buildings, or stores generally?

Mr. Mabane

Although not under a statutory obligation to frame and submit air-raid fire precautions schemes a large majority of rural district councils have in fact done so, and in pursuance of these schemes large and light trailer pumps have been issued and training of the crews has progressively intensified in recent months. In reply to the second part of my hon. Friend's Question, special action has been taken to provide against incendiary action of the character indicated.