From One Who Knows

Issue 11 and Volume 103.

From One Who Knows “EXPERIENCE is the best of schoolmasters, only the schoolfees are heavy.” The fire departments of Japan, Germany and other nations learned this truism, during World War II. They learned it the hard way. We in America, thus far, thank the Lord, have been spared their terrible ordeals; nevertheless, some of our fire forces are ‘‘learning the hard way”—by bitter experience, what fire is, what it can do—and what is necessary to thwart it. Right now the question is: how long are we going to be spared the devastation that was Japan’s? It’s all right to count on the Lord, but somebody must prepare and pass the ammunition. It is getting tougher and tougher to secure deliveries of that “ammunition”— in the form of fire fighting equipment and apparatus. Our bet is that priorities, like those of the last war, are just around the corner. Where will…

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