Leadership

FIRE AND WATER

Issue 16 and Volume 1895 18.

FIRE AND WATER HOW great should be the speed at which the fire apparatus should hasten to a fire? This question is being mooted more or less seriously in several quarters. In some, loss of life has resulted from an engine or truck running people down; in others, only loss of property, in the shape of a horse, carriage, or wagon. In each instance, however, there has been an outcry against the driver of the fire engine or hook and ladder truck, and a complaint has gone up against the accustomed practice of racing to a fire. On the other hand, as every second gained in attacking a fire is a matter of the supreinest moment, an equally loud outcry would be raised, if the department drove to its destination at a speed only a little beyond that of an ordinary vehicle. Thus the firemen are impaled on the horns…

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