Leadership

To Reduce the Speed of Apparatus

Issue 2 and Volume 59.

To Reduce the Speed of Apparatus At Rockford, Ill., a judgment of $500 was obtained for the death of a man accidently killed by being run over while Fire Marshal Frank E. Thomas was speeding to a fire. The judge ruled that fire department apparatus was subject to the same speed regulations as other motor vehicles governed by the state. Fire Marshal Thomas immediately conferred with members of the Fire and Police Commissioners of Rockford and then issued the following order on speed limits: All officers and members of the Fire Department are ordered to so drive and operate the apparatus of the Fire Department when responding to an alarm of fire so as to comply with the statute regarding the speed limit on all motor vehicles, which is as follows: Not to exceed 10 miles per hour in the business districts ; Not to exceed 6 miles per hour…

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