Leadership

With the Editor

Issue 9 and Volume 85.

With the Editor Costly Wisdom “It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience,” said Roger Ascham back in 1560. Today this statement applies with particular significance to the problem of fire protection. Many cities in their frantic attempt to reduce administrative expenses are being stampeded into cutting appropriations for public safety. Fire Departments, especially, are feeling the keen edge of the recklessly wielded official knife. Municipal authorities point to past fire loss records of their city as an excuse for reducing the strength of the Fire Department. They hold that because their city has not experienced a devastating fire for many years, there should be no fear of one in the future. But they forget that the very means of preventing such destruction in the past has been an efficient and fully manned and equipped department. Cripple the department in these trying times and the story may be different!…

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