Leadership

The Problem of Educating the Foreigner in Fire Prevention

Issue 8 and Volume 74.

The Problem of Educating the Foreigner in Fire Prevention How One Chief Took Advantage of a Fire to Instruct the Japanese Citizens—Aid of Foreign Language Press Enlisted IN cities with mixed populations the Fire Prevention problem is greatly aggravated by the difficulty of reaching the foreign language speaking portion of the people. Proclamations and addresses in English mean nothing to these individuals and still further to complicate matters their standards of living are more careless than the English speaking members of the community from a Fire Prevention standpoint. One of the biggest of these foreign population problems occurs in the cities of the Far Western States. Here the Japanese and Chinese nationals are very largely in evidence. The stoical attitude which is characteristic of the oriental is hard to break through and it requires the severe shock of a catastrophe or something of a similar nature to bring these people…

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