Leadership

UTILIZING FIRE DEPARTMENTS FOR FIRE PREVENTION WORK

Issue 26 and Volume 62.

UTILIZING FIRE DEPARTMENTS FOR FIRE PREVENTION WORK The first question that presents itself for solution in giving consideration to this topic is whether or not the work of fire prevention has a proper place among the legitimate activities of fire departments maintained at public expense. In seeking for a satisfactory answer to this question, it becomes necessary to ask another and find the answer thereto, which is: What are the real functions of a fire department? To my mind, a satisfactory and comprehensive answer to the latter question is that fire departments are organized and supported for the purpose of protecting life and property from fire; therefore, any activity in which they may engage which will assist in achieving these aims constitutes a proper work for such departments. Now if the work of fire departments is to protect life and property from fire and we concede that fire prevention work…

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