Leadership

Station Towers Still Used to Spot Fires in Bangkok

Issue 12 and Volume 126.

Station Towers Still Used to Spot Fires in Bangkok Fire lookout towers, the lack of hose beds on apparatus, and living quarters in fire stations for the families of fire fighters were among the differences I noted when I toured the Bangkok Fire Brigade during a recent trip to Thailand. Every firehouse has a lookout tower that is manned 24 hours a day to spot unreported fires. Since Bangkok is a flat city and the towers are quite high, this is a relatively effective means of spotting outdoor fires. The fire fighters, for the most part, live with their families in the stations to which they are assigned. Their normal working hours are 24 hours on and 24 hours off. The fire brigade of 1500 fire fighters and 140 officers is a subdivision of the police department and the brigade members all receive training as policemen before being assigned to…

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