Issue 25 and Volume 32.

A GOOD AID TO FIRE ENGINEERS. “The Duties and Advantages of the Office of Hydraulic Engineer in Fire Departments.”* Captain The work of the hydraulic engineer is primarily intended to increase the efficiency of the department in putting out fires. He is expected to attend all serious fires; to observe, as far as possible, everything that takes place at them; and to report to the commissioner such suggestions as the facts observed at each fire may call for. In addition to this fire duty, which can fill only a small part of his time, he should keep posted on the latest firefighting devices; should test new appliances before they are accepted by the department; and, in the words of our “Regulations,” should “attend to other technical work for which he may be specially fitted.” Of course, he should make himself familiar with every detail in the passage of the water…

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