Among the Buffs

Issue 12 and Volume 105.

Among the Buffs CORRESPONDENTS from Back East crawl from under their overcoats and report the fire business is really humming, especially in Chicago and Philadelphia. Steve Lasker writes from Chicago that he took in 29 extra alarm fires in one week’s time. He gave this rundown: five 5-11’s; four 4-11’s; eight 3-11’s, and a dozen 2-11’s. Steve is a television photographer for the National Broadcasting Co., and many of his fire shots have gone coast to coast, both on television and in the newspapers. Capt. Willard Swanson, who is recovering from a series of back operations, sends along some more proof that October was a wild month for Chicago firemen. Total fires for the month were 7,536, with 3131 special duty calls and 19 extra alarmers. He noted that for the same month in 1951 the city had only 10 extra alarmers. Here’s how the total fire picture since Jan.…

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