Troubles of the Smaller City Chief

Issue 21 and Volume 73.

Troubles of the Smaller City Chief The head of the fire department of the smaller city usually has his own peculiar troubles. Many of these arise from the lack of foresight and narrowness of vision of the city authorities. The one thing that looms big in the mind of the average politician is the keeping down of the tax rolls and the securing thereby of the favor of the voters. The fact that this may include the rankest form of false economy does not enter into his calculations. One of the first to suffer in this respect is the fire department. The chief’s recommendations for an ample force of men and for proper apparatus and appliances to fight fires are either consistently ignored or are laughed away as unnecessary and extravagant. The city has managed to get along so far with its present fire force—why add to the “people’s burdens?”…

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