Leadership

With the Editor

Issue 4 and Volume 93.

With the Editor Homemade Apparatus A certain few cities build fire engines in their fire department repair shops. Because they do not maintain sound accounting systems, they believe they are getting their apparatus at less cost than they would have to pay to established fire engine builders for machines of equal quality. It wouldn’t be so bad if they kept their figures to themselves, but when they release them, through the agency of municipal association publications, to the entire country, serious damage is done. The small department, as well as the large, begins to feel itself qualified to build engines and other apparatus. And many will embark on foolhardy programs of assembling fire apparatus. Recognized builders of fire engines spend hundreds of thousands of dollars annually on research and experimental work to qualify their products for the severe service they must stand in fire departments. And yet, because it has…

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