Leadership

Fire Department Economy Proves Costly to Painesville

Issue 3 and Volume 99.

Fire Department Economy Proves Costly to Painesville A STAFF REPORT* This, the story of what happened in Painesville, Ohio, might well be that of any one of scores of American municipalities—a story of locking barn doors after the horse, and the auto and everything else has been stolen—a story of “too little and too late.”—a story that we hope those charged with protecting our communities against loss of life and property by fire will see is placed in the hands of the officials responsible for adequately and properly equipping our fire fighting forces.—The Editor. THE story might well begin with a quotation from the Willoughby, Ohio, Lake County Republican Herald. January 1, 1946, as follows: “BUY FIRE ENGINE: PAINESVILLE—City council has authorized the purchase of a new fire truck at a cost of $9,500. Delivery is expected in about eight months.” City council had tabled action on the purchase of…

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