Leadership

Luke Field Department Has Enviable Record

Issue 11 and Volume 100.

Luke Field Department Has Enviable Record Some day somebody may write the full story of how the nation’s Army Camps and Depots, Airfields, and other government installations were protected against fire during World War II. At present, however, the records are meagre, prosaic and in some cases inaccessible. Nevertheless, FIRE ENGINEERING has published numerous individual accounts of this phase of wartime operations and will continue to do so as the facts become available. A further example is the following brief account of the activities of the Luke Field Fire Department, Luke Field Air Corps Base, Luke Field, Arizona. This story is largely the record of one man, Chief James J. Murphy, former Fire Chief of Warren, Arizona, who was called in June, 1941, six months before Pearl Harbor, to organize the fire protection for Luke Field, destined to become the largest single-engine advanced flying training field in the United States.…

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