Leadership

Ravaging Forest Fires Emphasize Need of Improved Fire Control

Issue 11 and Volume 100.

Ravaging Forest Fires Emphasize Need of Improved Fire Control Early Reports on East’s Costliest Forest Fires Offer Lessons for the Fire Service Editor’s Note: Hard on the heels of Fire Prevention Week, the nation’s fire losses skyrocketed to a new high with the week-long October forest and field fires in the Eastern section of the country. As this is written the tragic toll in life and property loss is being revised upward, hourly. Already the reports from Fire Engineering’s correspondents and its readers indicate that the week ending October 26, 1947, will go down in fire service history as the period of greatest travail ever faced by fire protection forces in New England. This disaster, following so closely the devastating fires on the Pacific Coast and the widespread promotion of Fire Prevention Week, has shocked not only this nation, but a hungry world that is looking to America for succor.…

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