Lessons to be Learned from Large Fires

Issue 11 and Volume 97.

Lessons to be Learned from Large Fires Case Histories of Conflagrations and Other Disasters Provide Pattern for Guidance of Fire Service in Mutual Aid Response and Operations By A STUDY of large fires discloses that few grew to conflagration proportions because of one thing. In most cases there are a number of contributing causes. As one chief put it: “most big fires are the result of a lot of little things going wrong-.” What are these things? Do they provide a blueprint or pattern that will help the fire service to develop better fire control and fire fighting plans and measures—including the utilization of neighborhood services? The following article attempts to answer these and kindred questions. There Must Be a Commander-in-Chief The larger the fire and the greater the fire forces at work, the more important becomes the factor of command. As in war there must be a commanderin-chief. The…

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