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DONATION OF SURPLUS GOVERNMENT PROPERTY TO VOLUNTEER FIRE-FIGHTING ORGANIZATIONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1958

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON DONABLE PROPERTY OF THE
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS,

Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 10 a. m., in room F-16, United States Capitol Building, Hon. John W. McCormack presiding

Present: Representatives John W. McCormack and Edwin H. May, Jr.

Also present: Ray Ward, staff administrator, and Margaret O'Con

nor, clerk.

Mr. McCORMACK. The subcommittee will come to order.

Before proceeding, we will place in the record a list of individuals and organizations from whom communications were received.

(The following list of individuals and organizations from whom communications were received in support of H. R. 7929 and related bills, in addition to the communications printed in full in these hearings, was ordered by the subcommittee to be inserted in the record of these hearings at this point:) Elkhart County Firemen's Association, Indiana Chapin Volunteer Fire Department, Chapin, Ill. Northeast Arkansas Firemen Association, Harrisburg, Ark. Northeastern Pennsylvania Volunteer Firemen's Federation, Simpson, Pa. Franklin Township Fire Chiefs Association, Somerset County, N. J. Broadway Fire Department, Broadway, N. J. Forrest City Fire Department, Forrest City, Ark. Sun Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Post Office Box 547, Sparks, Nev. Volunteer Fire Department, Van Buren, Ark. Factoryville Fire Co., Factoryville, Pa. Volunteer Fire Department, McCrory, Monticello, Jacksonville, Camden, and

Fordyce, Ark. Volunteer Fire Department, Dover, Ark. Rogers Fire Department, Rogers, Ark. Volunteer Fire Department, Hope, Ark. Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts, Prospect Heights, Ill. Community Firemen's Association, Inc., Cook County, Ill. Berlin Volunteer Fire Co., No. 1, Tansboro Road, Berlin, N. J. Lenola Volunteer Fire Co., No. 1, Moorestown, N. J. Magnolia Fire Co., Evesham Avenue, Magnolia, N. J. South Bound Brook Fire Co., No. 1, South Bound Brook, N. J. West Chazy Fire Department, West Chazy, N. Y. The Delaware County Firemen's Association, Lansdowne, Pa. Volunteer Firemen's Association, Cambria County and Vicinity, Ebensburg, Pa: West Milford Volunteer Fire Co., No. 1, West Milford, N. J. Thorndale Volunteer Fire Co., Inc., Thorndale, Pa. Ridgefield Park Association of Exempt Firemen, Ridgefield Park, N.J.

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Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Association, No. 1, Lansdowne, Md.
Monroe Hose Co., Monroeton, Pa.
Friendship Fire Co., Linwood, Pa.
Fame Fire Co., No. 2, Lewistown, Pa.
Bethel Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Bethel, Conn.
Couthington Fire Department, Southington, Conn.
Waterford Fire Co., No. 1, Inc., Waterford, Conn.
Good Will Fire Co., No. 2, Chester, Pa.
Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department, Castle Shannon, Pa.
Phoenix Firemen's Relief Association, Stroudsburg, Pa.
The Relief Association of Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Co., No. 1, Fleetwood, Pa.
Northeastern Pennsylvania Volunteer Firemen's Federation, Carbondale, Pa.
Pioneer Steam Fire Engine Co., No. 1, Ephrata, Pa.
Columbia Hose, Hook & Ladder Co., No. 1, Bellevue, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Lionville Fire Co., Lionville, Pa.
Michigan Shores Volunteer Fire Department, Michigan City, Ind.
Hauppauge Fire Department, Hauppauge, N. Y.
Keystone Fire Co., Rehrersburg, Pa.
Six County Firemen's Association, Orwigsburg, Pa.
West Lancaster Fire Co., No. 1, Lancaster, Pa.
Krings Volunteer Fire Co., Johnstown, Pa.
Lake Grove Rural Fire Protection District, Lake Grove, Oreg.
Sellersville Fire Department, Sellersville, Pa.
Kittaning Volunteer Fire Department, No. 4, Kittanning, Pa.
Clearfield Fire Department, Clearfield, Pa.
The West Chester Volunteer Firemen's Relief Association, West Chester, Pa.
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder Co., No. 1, Phoenixville, Pa.
Goodwill Hose Co., No. 5, Du Bois, Pa.
The Delaware State Fire Chief's Association, Wilmington, Del.
Lookout Fire Co., No. 1, Pen Argyl, Pa.
Volunteer Firemen's Relief Association, Chester, Pa.
Paoli Fire Co., Paoli, Pa.
West Branch Firemen's Association, Montoursville, Pa.
Sewickley Township Volunteer Fire Co., No. 1, Herminie, Pa.
Sun Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Reno, Nev.
Middletown Fire Co., No. 1, Media, Pa.
Perkasie Fire Co., No. 1, Perkasie, Pa.
Cleona Fire Co., Cleona, Pa.
Community Fire Co., Inc., Shipley-Linthicum Heights, Md.
Protection Engine Co., Honesdale, Pa.
Portage Volunteer Fire Co., Portage, Pa.
Goshen Fire Co., West Chester, Pa.
Citizens' Fire Co., Palmyra, Pa.
Irishtown Fire Co., New Oxford, Pa.
North Jersey Volunteer Firemen's Association, Inc., Wayne, N.J.
Broomall Fire Co., Broomall, Pa.
Andrew Mitchell Hose Co., No. 1, Carbondale, Pa.
Arlington Volunteer Fire Co., North Versailles Township, Bast McKeesport, Pa.
Union Fire Co., Oxford, Pa.
Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Co., Valley Forge, Pa.
The Original Fire Co., Zone No. 1, Fleetwood, Pa.
Dewey Fire Co., Hellertown, Pa.
New Jersey State Volunteer Firemen's Association, Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Geistown Volunteer Co., Johnstown, Pa.
Clinton County Fire Advisory Board, Dannemora, N. Y.
Ridley Park Fire Co., Ridley Park, Pa.
Taos Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Taos, N. Mex.
Lakeland Volunteer Fire Department, Michigan City, Ind.
Rush Volunteer Fire Department. Lawton, Pa.
Stanford Hose Co., Corry, Pa.
Powhatan Beach Volunteer Fire Co., Inc., Pasadena, Md.
Bethel Township Hose Co., No. 1, Boothwyn, Pa.
West Central Wisconsin Firemen's Association, Black River Falls, Wis.
Cochranville Volunteer Fire Co., Cochranville, Pa.
Bessemer Volunteer Fire Co., Bessemer, Pa.
Ross County Firemen's Association, Ross County, Ohio.
Millvale Volunteer Fire Department, Millvale, Pa.

Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department, Youngsville, Pa.
Lost Acres Fire Department, Granby, Conn,
Town of Guilford, Board of Selectmen, Guilford, Conn.
Warehouse Point Hose Co., Warehouse Point, Conn.
Drakeville Volunteer Fire Department, Torrington, Conn.
South Manchester Fire Department, Town of Manchester, Conn.
Mount Pleasant Fire Co., Bernville, Pa.
Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, Peoria, Ill.
Fire Chief's Emergency Plan, Fairfield County, Conn.
State of Connecticut, Office of Civil Defense, West Hartford, Conn.
Windsor Locks Fire Department, Windsor Locks, Conn.
Wooster Hose Co., No. 5, Danbury, Conn.
Milford Fire Department, Milford, Conn.
The Woodbury Fire Department, Woodbury, Conn.
Padanaram Hose Co., Danbury, Conn.
Colebrook Center Volunteer Fire Department, Colebrook, Conn.
East Putnam Volunteer Fire Co., Putnam, Conn.
Tunxis Hose Co., Unionville Fire Department, Unionville, Conn.
The Lakeville Hose Co., Lakeville, Conn.
Quaker Hill Fire Co., Inc., Quaker Hill, Conn.
Middlefield Volunteer Fire Co., Inc., Middlefield, Conn.
Oswegatchie Fire Co., Inc., Waterford, Conn.
Connecticut State Firemen's Association, Stamford, Conn.
Dunbar Hill Volunteer Fire Co., Hamden, Conn.
Fire Chiefs Association of Allegheny County, Inc., East McKeesport, Pa.
Southern Wisconsin River Valley Firemen's Association, Prairie du Sac, Wis.
City of Butler, Pa., Department of Public Recreation
Georgia Recreation Society, Gainesville, Ga.
Spokane County Park and Recreation Department, Spokane, Wash.
Recreation Executives Association of Westchester County, New York State
Hutchinson Recreation Commission, Hutchinson, Kans.
Florida Recreation Association, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Geneva Youth Bureau, Geneva, N. Y.
Parks and Recreation Department, Pasco, Wash.
Department of Recreation, York, Pa.
American Institute of Park Executives, Inc., Wheeling, W. Va.
North Carolina Recreation Commission, Raleigh, N. C.
Board of Recreation, Butte, Mont.
Kansas Recreation Society, State of Kansas
Recreation Commission, Parsons, Kans.
Topeka Recreation Commission, Topeka, Kans.
New York State Recreation Society, Geneva, N. Y.
Department of Parks and Recreation, Detroit, Mich.
Recreation Department, Hamilton, Ohio
Recreation Department, Gainesville, Fla.
Park and Recreation Commission, Charleston, W. Va.
Parks and Recreation Department, Lakewood, Calif.
Board of Park Commissioners, Jeffersonville, Ind.
Fayette County Playground and Recreation Board, Lexington, Ky.
Westchester County Recreation Commission, White Plains, N. Y.
Department of Parks, Division of Recreation, San Jose, Calif.
Metropolitan Park District, Tacoma, Wash.
Director of Recreation, Bend, Oreg.
Playground and Park Commission, Lafayette, La.
Parks and Recreation Department, Vallejo, Calif.
Recreation and Park Department, La Mesa, Calif.
Pima County Parks and Recreation Department, Tucson, Ariz.
Recreation and Park Department, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Recreation Commission, Middletown, N. J.
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Silver Spring,

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Greater Vallejo Recreation District, Vallejo, Calif.
Recreation Department, Oakland, Calif.
Consolidated Building Trades-Metal Trades-Central Labor Council, Vallejo, Calif.
Department of Parks and Recreation, New Albany, Ind.
Department of Parks and Recreation, Denver, Colo.
Municipal Recreation Commission, Binghamton, N. Y.

Department of Recreation and Parks, El Segundo, Calif.
Department of Recreation, Bloomington, Ind.
State Parks and Recreation Commission, Olympia, Wash.
Goodwill Industries, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Division of Priorities and Allocations, Milwaukee, Wis.
United States Volunteer Life Saving Corps, Yonkers, N. Y.
Elliot Park Neighborhood House, Minneapolis, Minn.
United Community Services of Metropolitan Boston, Mass.
Cambridge Jewish Community Center, Cambridge, Mass.
Chelsea YMHA and YWHA Community Center, Chelsea, Mass.
Jewish Community Center, Quincy, Mass.
Jewish Community Center of Holyoke, Mass.
Jewish Centers Association of Greater Boston, Mass.
National Council of the Young Men's Christian Associations, New York City
Advisory Board of St. Christopher's School, Dobbs Ferry, N. Y.

Mr. May, one bill is yours, H. R. 11324, relating to volunteer fire
fighting organizations?
Do you want to be heard?
Mr. May. We have several people here who want to testify.

Mr. McCORMACK. There are several other bills, too, and all of the bills relating to the same subject matter will be made a part of the record that are introduced by the different members.

(H. R. 2552, H. R. 3406, H. R. 7929, H. R. 10377, H. R. 11115, H. R. 11324, H. R. 11516, H. R. 12025, and H. R. 12959 follow :)

[H. R. 2552, 85th Cong., 1st sess. ] A BILL To amend the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to

permit the donation of surplus property to volunteer fire-fighting organizations Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the first sentence of section 203 (j) (1) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U. S. C. 484 (j) (1)) is amended to read as follows: “Under such regulations as he may prescribe, the Administrator is authorized in his discretion to donate for educational purposes or public health purposes, including research, or for the purpose of aiding in the protection of life and property by volunteer fire-fighting organizations, in any State, without cost (except for costs of care and handling), such equipment, materials, books, or other supplies (whether or not capitalized in a working-capital or similar fund) under the control of any executive agency as shall have been determined to be surplus property and as shall have been determined under paragraph (2) or (3) of this subsection to be usable and necessary for any of such purposes."

Sec. 2. (a) The first sentence of section 203 (j) (2) of such Act (40 U. S. O. 484 (j) (2)) is amended to read as follows: "Determination whether such surplus property (except surplus property donated in conformity with paragraph (3) of this subsection) is usable or necessary for educational purposes or public health purposes (including research), or for the purpose of aiding in the protection of life and property by volunteer fire-fighting organizations, shall be made by the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, who shall allocate such property on the basis of needs and utilization for transfer by the Administrator (1) to medical institutions, hospitals, clinics, health centers, school systems, schools, colleges, and universities which are tax supported or have been held exempt from taxation under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954; (2) to State departments of education or health for distribution to the institutions and organizations described in clause (1), except that in any State where another agency is designated by State law for such purpose such transfer shall be made to such other agency for such distribution within the State; or (3) to any incorporated or unincorporated volunteer fire department, fire company, or other similar fire-fighting organization."

(b) The second sentence of such section 203 (j) (2) is amended by inserting “or for the purpose of aiding in the protection of life and property by volunteer fire-fighting organizations in the State," after "in the State,".

SEC. 3. Section 203 (m) of such Act (40 U. S. C. 484 (m)) is amended by inserting after “educational purposes and health purposes” a comma and the following: "or for the purpose of aiding in the protection of life and property by volunteer fire-fighting organizations,”.

SEC. 4. Section 203 (n) of such Act (40 U. S. C. 484 (n)) is amended by inserting "or volunteer fire-fighting organizations” after “educational or public bealth institutions".

[H. R. 3406, 85th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To amend the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to

permit the donation of surplus property to volunteer fire-fighting organizations Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the first sentence of section 203 (j) (1) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U. S. C. 484 (j) (1)) is amended to read as follows: "Under such regulations as he may prescribe, the Administrator is authorized in his discretion to donate for educational purposes or public health purposes, including research, or for the purpose of aiding in the protection of life and property by volunteer fire-fighting organizations, in any State, without cost (except for costs of care and handling), such equipment, materials, books, or other supplies (whether or not capitalized in a working-capital or similar fund) under the control of any executive agency as shall have been determined to be surplus property and as shall have been determined under paragraph (2) or (3) of this subsection to be usable and necessary for'any of such purposes."

SEC. 2. (a) The first sentence of section 203 (j) (2) of such Act (40 U. S. C. 484 (j) (2)) is amended to read as follows: "Determination whether such surplus property (except surplus property donated in conformity with paragraph (3) of this subsection) is usable or necessary for educational purposes or public health purposes (including research), or for the purpose of aiding in the protection of life and property by volunteer fire-fighting organizations, shall be made by the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, who shall allocate such property on the basis of need and utilization for transfer by the Administrator (1) to medical institutions, hospitals, clinics, health centers, school systems, schools, colleges, and universities which are tax supported or have been held exempt from taxation under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954; (2) to State departments of education or health for distribution to the institutions and organizations described in clause (1), except that in any State where another agency is designated by State law for such purpose such transfer shall be made to such other agency for such distribution within the State; or (3) to any incorporated or unincorporated volunteer fire department, fire company, or other similar fire-fighting organization."

(b) The second sentence of such section 203 (j) (2) is amended by inserting "or for the purpose of aiding in the protection of life and property by volunteer fire-fighting organizations in the State," after "in the State,”.

SEC. 3. Section 203 (m) of such Act (40 U. S. C. 484 (m)) is amended by inserting after “educational purposes and health purposes” a comma and the following: "or for the purpose of aiding in the protection of life and property by volunteer fire-fighting organizations,".

SEC. 4. Section 203 (n) of such Act (40 U. S. C. 484 (n)) is amended by inserting "or volunteer fire-fighting organizations” after “educational or public health institutions”.

[H. R. 7929, 85th Cong., 1st sess. ] A BILL To amend the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to

permit the donation of surplus property to volunteer fire-fighting organizations Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the first sentence of section 203 (j) (1) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U. S. C. 484 (j) (1)) is amended to read as follows: "Under such regulations as he may prescribe, the Administrator is authorized in his discretion to donate for educational purposes or public health purposes, including research, or for the purpose of aiding in the protection of life and property by volunteer fire-fighting organizations, in any State, without cost (except for costs of care and handling), such equipment, materials, books, or other supplies (whether or not capitalized in a working-capital or similar fund) under the control of any executive agency as shall have been determined to be surplus property and as shall have been deter

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