Leadership

Canteen Service is But One Of Ways Buffs Can Assist

Issue 1 and Volume 132.

Canteen Service is But One Of Ways Buffs Can Assist features Staff Correspondent From time to time we hear of a new fire fan group somewhere that has trouble getting its program going because there doesn’t seem to be a focus for their attention. “We just don’t have the big fires here to support a canteen service,” ran one complaint, “and there isn’t that much else for us to do.” True, fire buffing does imply an interest in fires. But there are many ways to show that interest, and assist local emerrgency services, besides chasing the engines. As for a canteen, some of the nation’s oldest, most active buff groups have never operated one—two examples being San Francisco’s Phoenix Society and the Fire Bell Club of New York. With a little thought, fire department officers and buffs working together can come up with many more civilian activities than just helpfulness…

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