The Duty to Act: Responsibilities of Today’s Fire Marshal

BY DON SMITHIN 1959, FIRE ENGINEERING published FIVE MONTHLY Roundtable installments on the question “Who [italics mine] is responsible for fire prevention inspections?” The first sentence in the first installment (November 1959) read as follows, “FIRE PREVENTION inspections in recent years have become a major part of the activities of practically all fire departments.” This statement implies that inspections up to that time were not a priority within the fire service and now that they were, consideration should be given to who should do them. Nearly half a century later (January 2003), Fire Engineering ran the article “Performance Keys to Successful Fire Out...

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