Issue 13 and Volume 55.

NEED FOR LONG LADDERS. From a town in Massachusetts comes an announcement that draws attention to the fact that the need of longer ladders to cope with fires in the higher buildings now being erected is a problem that does not effect the large cities only, but is rapidly becoming more and more general through the country. The skyscraper idea has had a far-reaching effect and building customs have so changed that small towns are erecting structures ot considerably greater height than was the case a few years ago. The fire engineers of the place have taken note of this trend of the times by recommending that the fire equipment of the town be strengthened, especially in the way of ladder and truck service. They point out that at present the department has no ladders long enough to reach the top of the new bank building, or other structures of…

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