Leadership

Should Fire Apparatus Have a Speed Limit?

Issue 3 and Volume 57.

Should Fire Apparatus Have a Speed Limit? Chief Engineer F. G. Hitchcock Paper read at National Firemen’s Association Convention, Chicago, Dec. 1-3, 1914. The subject of the limitation of the speed of motor apparatus in responding to fire alarms is a hard one to discuss, as every one has his own ideas as to limit or no limit to the speed fire apparatus should be allowed to travel. I could quote a number of cities that have placed speed limits on their motor fire apparatus varying from 30 miles to 45 miles per hour. Also a number of cities that have no limit except to get to the fire as soon as possible with safety. In my own opinion I think that the captain of the company (if he be a levelheaded man, as he should be) can be the best judge as to the speed that it is safe…

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