Leadership

Civil Service and Fire Prevention

Issue 17 and Volume 56.

Civil Service and Fire Prevention Fire Prevention Commissioner J. A. O’Keefe, of the Boston Metropolitan district, was the guest of the Boston Chapter of the National Fire Protection Association last week and among other things said that he has already notified the various chiefs of the Metropolitan district that the fire prevention requirements must be fulfilled without thought of personal consequences and that he was prepared to assume the responsibility for the work; that he has the power to use the firemen as inspectors; that he does not consider this method of obtaining information very effective, and advises that chiefs be placed under civil service rules. He stated that chiefs could then perform a very important work in fire prevention. Chiefs of the district claim that they are as competent to perform fire prevention duties without as with a civil service examination, and ask why they can not do so…

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