Leadership

HAVANA, CUBA, FIRE DEPARTMENT KEEPS PACE WITH THE TIMES

Issue 6 and Volume 107.

HAVANA, CUBA, FIRE DEPARTMENT KEEPS PACE WITH THE TIMES Modern Apparatus and Radio Enable Relatively Small Department to Protect City of Million Population IF fire losses are any indication of the efficiency of a fire department for a city of its size, Havana, Cuba, with its million population and its numerous fire hazards, must have an outstanding fire force. Certainly, measured by standards in effect in the United States, the department is small for the task that faces it. The first known record of the Havana Fire Department dates back to 1795 when citizens used hand pumps and pails to fight fires, although there was no organized fire brigades. It was not until 1835 that such organization came into being by Royal order, under the name “Honorable Firemen of Habana” (at that time Cuba belonged to Spain). The Royal order also established a tax which was paid by all owners…

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