Leadership

Improvements at Atchison

Issue 21 and Volume 54.

Improvements at Atchison FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING is in receipt of a letter from Chief John Compton, of the Atchison, Kan., fire department, a report on which city by the engineers of the National Board of Fire Underwriters was printed in these columns recently. Chief Compton takes umbrage at the printing of the report at this time, as, since the engineers were in Atchison, many important improvements have been made in the fire department. Among these he mentions a new fire station and equipment and the addition of five men to the lighting force. The population of Atchison is 17,000, and it cost between $10,000 and $20,000 to maintain the department last year. Chief Compton further writes: “Now, as to the losses reported for the last three years, it should be understood that the greater part was caused by grain elevators; we have had two of them burn in the…

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