Sunday's column has been about a small but interesting musuem devoted to the work of the California Forestry Fire Service. These types of museums often start out with one man's interest in the subject, and in this case the man is Jerry Glover. He worked for the service until retirement and now oversees the many artifacts that come to him at the museum's premises in San Bernardino.
The service had a fitful start in 1887, and it was not until 1905 that things began in earnest.
I was a little confused as to the role of this particular department; let's face it a fire truck is a fire truck.
But the CDF looks after the fires that begin outside the city and town boundaries.
They also assist in urban flare ups as well and are always on call for this.
This picture is the memorial wall at the musuem. It is one of many things you can see if you visit them on their open day, which is every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Museum
3800 Sierra Way
San Bernardino, CA 92405