Leadership

THE ROUND TABLE

Issue 11 and Volume 89.

THE ROUND TABLE For Practical Discussion of Current Fire Department and Fire Management Problems COMPETITIVE DRILLS IN FIRE DEPARTMENTS WHEN the bewhiskered, redshirted, and gayly attired volunteers of a county or state met during the so-called “romantic days” of fire fighting, the result was a muster. Picked companies of men met in competition with one another to see which would come out the victor in some chosen water battle or department evolution. In fact the spirit of competition was so keen in that period that even at fires during the back-breaking and laborious era of the hand-pumper it was a common stunt to see if one company should draw water away from another group. And when such a deed was accomplished, a mighty shout would arise front the interested spectators. This spirit of competition has lived on through the various stages of Fire Department development. It has survived the hand-pumper,…

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