Leadership

A FILIPINO FIRE DEPARTMENT.

Issue 24 and Volume 29.

A FILIPINO FIRE DEPARTMENT. An American soldier (a former volunteer fireman) writing from Luzon, Philippine Islands thus describes a Filipino fire brigade: “We had a fire here two nights ago, and from it I can give a pretty fair description of the native firemen. They have no fire bells or hook and ladder wagons or hose or steam engines, and extinguish a fire without the aid of water. The alarm is given by an ‘hombre,’ who pounds away for dear life on a bass drum. Such screaming, yelling and dog-barking I’ve never heard or witnessed. We first thought the Goo Goos were coming, seeing the natives running to and fro with their household effects, and our boys ran quickly for their guns. When the alarm is sounded, a certain picked set of hombres’ strap bolos round their waists and hurry to the scene, and form a line from the fire…

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