With the Editor

Issue 10 and Volume 108.

With the Editor Aging of Apparatus A Chronic Ailment Last month FIRE ENGINEERING published the sobering information that 44 per cent of the nation’s present fire apparatus needs replacement. And further, that 12 per cent additional apparatus is needed to protect newgrowth areas of cities and suburban developments. This evidence is based upon authentic information received from fire departments serving over 54 1/2 million people out of a total population of 96 million, and projected to cover practically all fire departments in places of 1,000 and over. The figures, incidentally, are for all types of apparatus. For some classifications, the obsolescent percentages are much higher than the general average. Such a disclosure gives one cause to ask: What is the cause of this situation? What does it portend? Who, and what, is to blame? It is a pretty safe conclusion that every fire chief who is confronted with this condition…

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