Leadership

International Mutual Aid

Issue 10 and Volume 101.

International Mutual Aid The towns of Calais and Milltown, Me., and St. Stephen and Milltown, N. B., adjoin one another, separated only by the narrow St. Croix River and the International Boundary between Canada and the United States. This boundary is non-existent when it comes to fire fighting. There is no stopping at the customs and immigration station when an emergency call goes out for mobilization of joint fire control forces. Then the mutual aid running card may call apparatus to respond from both sides of the border, with half a dozen companies swinging into action without delay in any of these small towns. On July 14, 1948, fire was discovered in the basement of the new Methodist church in Calais, Me. Starting directly beneath the belfry, the fire spread through partitions of the building and smoke was pouring from every section of the structure when first firemen arrived under…

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