Leadership

A Political Fire Department

Issue 24 and Volume 54.

A Political Fire Department GENERAL NEWS FEATURES The Firemen’s Fund Bulletin of recent date thus pictures a fire managed by politicians: “The local newspaper says of a $50,000 reported fire loss in a dry goods store: ‘The alarm was sounded at 6 p. m.; it being the chief’s supper time he did not arrive until 6:35, leisurely walking over from his home to see if the fire was still in progress. ” ‘Assistant Chief-, in command, turned oil’ the water; one of the fire commissioners ordered the water turned on; another commissioner ordered it turned off. and then the first commissioner came again to the bat with contrary orders and only after the assurance of the captain of the engine company that he should keep the water shut off, he did so. During all this time the water was flooding the stock on the .first floor of the store.’ This…

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