Issue 1 and Volume 35.

AMONG THE FIRE ENGINEERS NEWS OF THE DEPARTMENTS, SPECIALLY PREPARED FOR FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING SPRINGFIELD, MASS. The fire commissioners of Springfield, Mass., will include in their annual report for the year a recommendation for a further increase of the permanent force of the fire department and a corresponding diminution of the call force. This has been the policy of the fire commissioners for several years, and the permanent force has been added to a little at a time, but it is still smaller than the officials of the department feel is needed under the circumstances. It has happened a number of times that, when apparatus arrived at a fire, there were only the captain and driver to man it and fight the flames, owing to the failure of call men to hear the alarm and respond quickly enough. As it is the first few seconds of a fire that…

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