Leadership

EDITORIAL

Issue 24 and Volume 54.

EDITORIAL THE RIGHT OF WAY FOR FIREMEN. The killing of firemen while en route to fires by collisions between their apparatus and some street vehicle is of almost daily occurrence. It would seem that the frequency of these tragedies should result in some plan whereby they may be avoided. Fire apparatus in every city is supposed to have the right of way, but it has often been noticed in this city that trolley-car motormen and drivers of other street vehicles stubbornly refuse to recognize such a rule, and compel the driver of the fire apparatus either to slack his speed or become responsible for a collision. The ordinance which provides that all traffic shall come to a standstill during the approach of fire apparatus should be complied with without equivocation or hesitation caused by mental debate. W hen fire apparatus were drawn by horses there might have been time for…

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