Issue 7 and Volume 57.

FIRE DEPARTMENT APPOINTMENTS. In speaking of fire departments George W. Booth, chief engineer of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, is quoted as saying: “Only men of proven ability should be given important positions: in some cases, competent chief officers of the smaller departments have been appointed to similar positions in the larger cities, and this scheme has worked out well. For all officers, long tenure of office is desirable, to secure proper familiarity with local fire conditions and the general duties of the position; to obtain this, as well as to eliminate harmful political changes, the appointment of all officers for indefinite terms, with removal only under charges, is desirable. The method of appointment best adapted for any city depends largely upon the size of the city and local conditions. Civil service methods have been in some cases rather freely criticized, but it is doubtful if any thing better,…

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