Issue 10 and Volume 61.

HANDICAPPING FIRE DEPARTMENTS. In view of the hard and perilous work of firemen they should not be required, in addition, to do all the missionary work preparatory to the securing of adequate and modern fire apparatus. The city officials and citizens should be anxious to have the department which protects their lives and property from fire properly equipped and the firemen should not have to continue to beg for the machinery necessary to render their work effective. Fortunately there are numbers of communities where the city councils and other city officials take the initiative in securing apparatus and there are many more where they respond readily to the recommendations of the chief, but there are, unfortunately, some in which the warnings and the pleadings of the chief who knows the city’s needs are allowed to go unheeded all too long. From a small city in Illinois come reports which tell…

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