Orchids to the Manufacturers DURING the past two or three years, manufacturers of fire apparatus have made great strides in the development and improvement of their products. Despite depression difficulties and high costs of development work, they have gone ahead; and, as a result, the fire service today has available far better apparatus than even five years ago. That progress is rapid is indicated by many signs. Hardly a single established manufacturer of apparatus can be found who is not building one or more closed-body fire trucks; revolutionary designs of high pressure, large capacity pumpers are being announced; even special trailer units for volunteer departments are in the making. Radical improvement in ladder truck design has taken place recently. These are gratifying signs toward an improved fire protection service, and a real vote of confidence is due the manufacturers. Let us encourage them to more and greater improvements.