With the Editor

Issue 8 and Volume 98.

With the Editor Where Do We Go From Here? The national Office of Civilian Defense has formally ceased to exist. Like the Arabs, it folded its tents and silently stole away. Its skeleton has been willed to a not-too-willing Department of Commerce, which may have a spacious closet for it. In a way, it is regrettable that this agency, born of necessity in the frightening days of the war, and which accomplished so much good in spite of, rather than because of, its administration, should pass into oblivion unlamented and unsung, without the nation having at least a bird’s eye recapitulation of its activities and accomplishments. In retrospect, FIRE ENGINEERING has both commended and condemned the nation’s civilian defense program under OCD. We criticized the bungling—not so much in the creation, as in the distribution, application and maintenance of its war emergency fire fighting equipment. We didn’t like to see…

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