Leadership

CHIEF R. L. SMITH, PITTSBURGH, FORCED OUT BY POLITICIANS

Issue 3 and Volume 87.

CHIEF R. L. SMITH, PITTSBURGH, FORCED OUT BY POLITICIANS Ends 33 Years’ Service, of Which 8 Were as Chief—Fire Loss Reduced to Lowest in City’s History—Replaced by Former Hoseman RICHARD L. SMITH, Chief of the Pittsburgh, Pa., Fire Department for eight years and a member of the service for thirty-three years, was forced to resign, effective March 1, as the result of a change in the ruling political party. He is succeeded by John Heinz, who was dismissed as hoseman from the Fire Bureau in 1932. Chief Smith enjoys a national reputation as a firefighter. He was President in 1932-33 of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. During his service as Chief he succeeded in reducing the per capita fire losses of his city to a marked degree. Last year the loss was reduced fifty per cent over the previous year’s figure and it is now sixty-four cents per capita.…

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