Among the Buffs

Issue 7 and Volume 104.

Among the Buffs Chicago, Ill.—Early reports indicate no subscribers have threatened to cancel their subscriptions or advertisers to yank their copy out of Fire Engineering following my first-turn-out column last month. True, Buffalo and Chicago fire pals I needled say they won’t speak to me. I don’t mind ’cause I understand each one ordered a dozen copies of this magazine. Of note Chicago-wise is an incident of which I received an exclusive tip and include it in this column after checking with several top officials and receiving confirmation. The incident again demonstrated how badly Chicago needs its own fire department radio system. Early in the morning a couple weeks ago, firemen were battling a 3-11 alarm in a four-story dairy machinery factory near my middle North Side garret. Suddenly fourth and fifth alarm companies began to arrive. My fire department tipsters tell me the fourth and fifth alarms were pulled…

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