Leadership

Chicago’s Fire Department Has Flexible Radio System

Issue 12 and Volume 110.

Chicago’s Fire Department Has Flexible Radio System CHICAGO’S MAIN FIRE CONTROL CENTER, like the combat information center aboard an aircraft carrier, swings into action to coordinate the war against major conflagrations, using two-way radio to direct movement of apparatus and insure city-wide fire protection at all times. One of the largest fires in Chicago in recent years—that in a grain elevator— provides an example of what the fire department in the nation’s second largest city must be prepared to combat. In many respects, every city and town, large and small, faces the same problem—to be prepared to fight major conflagrations with the apparatus and manpower available to handle the normal fire control and extinguishment situations. At 9:50 p.m., the watchman called the fire department to report the fire. Fire department officers noted the location and potential danger. They pulled a box alarm, sending four engine companies, a ladder company, a…

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