Leadership

THE WATCH DESK

Issue 4 and Volume 112.

THE WATCH DESK DEPARTMENTS overhauling the firemanic news of the day Beating the Bell Captain Hume of Engine 6, San Diego Fire Department, with some of his crew was standing out in front of the fire station at Columbia and Cedar Streets on March 4, when he spotted a United Air Lines plane overhead (with 42 passengers aboard) limping toward nearby Lindbergh Field with only one of its two engines operating. It so happens that Engine 6 is first-due fire company at the municipal field which incidentally, notwithstanding its heavy traffic, does not have its own municipal crash fire fighters. “Get ready to roll,” the captain ordered and the crew was aboard their pumper, with all their gear, before the bell banged. Fortunately, the crippled plane — a Convair 340, en route to San Diego from Los Angeles — made a normal landing and Engine 6, summoned as a precautionary…

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