How History Can Help The Fire Service

Issue 10 and Volume 112.

How History Can Help The Fire Service Properly cared for, old records and reports can do more than take up valuable space in the basement or attic of fire headquarters THE FIRE SERVICE justifiably is most concerned with its present needs and future progress. There are a number of reasons, however, why a closer study of its past is equally justified. On a local level particularly, where so many of the achievements of fire protection have been recorded, a careful research of fire department history might provide material assistance to such functions as public relations, fire prevention, training, and administration. Despite the past achievements and rich traditions of the fire service, the study of fire protection history at a local level has been largely neglected. No history of a large municipal fire department has been published in the last 20 years. It is the unusual chief officer who has devoted…

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