Leadership

THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF ST. LOUIS.

Issue 16 and Volume 24.

THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF ST. LOUIS. WHATEVER the standing of St. Louis in other particulars—and it is one of the most prosperous and go-ahead cities on this continent—that of its fire department under Chief C. E. Swingley, stands very high, to which the good work constantly reported as done by it witnesses. As a large business and manufacturing centre, with a population at the last census of 615,000 and a fire area of about sixty-two square miles, it will be seen what a large territory the fire department has to cover, and how exposed the city is to the daily risk of large and destructive fires. The danger of such conflagrations has been greatly increased of late years, owing to the erection of many high buildings—some of them rising to the height of seventeen stories—used for warehousing as well as for ordinary business purposes, and not seldom filled with exceedingly…

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