Leadership

HAMMITT AND YATES ON FIRE PREVENTION

Issue 24 and Volume 55.

HAMMITT AND YATES ON FIRE PREVENTION A feature of the conference of mayors at Auburn, N. Y., on June 3. was an address on “Fire Prevention As a Municipal Function,” by Joseph O. Hammitt, chief of the New York Fire Prevention Bureau, and a paper by Chief Henry R. Yates, of the Schenectady, N. Y., fire department, commenting on Mr. Hammitt’s address. Both were listened to with close attention, and commanded much favorable comment. Chief Hammitt, said in part: “The country buys yearly a quantity of smoke for which it pays a round half billion dollars, which does not include the total loss, for to this must be added the economic loss—loss of employment, disturbance of industry and of financial conditions; and to all this there is the humanitarian viewpoint the most important—the loss of human life which averages in this country about 2,000 persons a year, and the injuries…

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