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OCD APPARATUS NOT DESIGNED FOR REGULAR DEPARTMENT USE

Issue 10 and Volume 97.

OCD APPARATUS NOT DESIGNED FOR REGULAR DEPARTMENT USE This Point Usually Overlooked by City Officials Who Urge Acquisition of this Apparatus EVER since it first became apparent that the purpose and limitations of the pumping units and accessories procured and distributed by the Office of Civilian Defense were being misunderstood in some municipal circles (including not a few fire departments) FIRE ENGINEERING has repeatedly and emphatically warned the fire service of the fallacy of any thinking that would class apparatus and equipment designed and built solely as an expediency measure to meet an emergency (which fortunately never happened) with regulation, standard fire fighting apparatus and equipment. The national Office of Civilian De- tense, which created this emergent equipment, and has repeatedly stressed its limitations, cannot be blamed if certain overly enthusiastic civic officials could not distinguish between a pumping unit and hose made without the use of basic critical materials…

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