Leadership

CORRESPONDENCE

Issue 8 and Volume 85.

CORRESPONDENCE Speeding Jo Fires To the Editor: A headline appeared in today’s paper, “Speeding fire truck overturns, killing three volunteer firemen, injuring twelve.” This is the third item of this kind to come to my attention during the year. In every case a dozen or more firemen were involved in the wreck. No one can doubt the loyalty, courage and public spirited service of the men, but the wisdom of the authority which ordered or permitted so many men to ride one piece of equipment is doubtful. It is often true, particularly in volunteer departments, and where only one piece of apparatus is in service, that the truck is overloaded as everything is carried by the one unit. Any one of six men may be called upon to drive the apparatus, and some of these men may use poor judgment as to speed or lack the ability or experience to…

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