Renewing Our Legacy

Issue 1 and Volume 160.

BY BOBBY HALTON This year we mark the 130th anniversary of Fire Engineering. That any publication could survive for well over a century is a remarkable accomplishment. That this publication continues to be true to the mission set forth by its founders is an amazing legacy that we celebrate and that infuses us with purpose and determination as we do our part to train today’s fire service. When Fire Engineering debuted in 1877, it was a weekly publication called the National Fireman’s Journal. It was the first journal devoted exclusively to the fire service, and it would remain the only one for the next 60 years. Colonel Clifford Thomson, the first editor, set the policy, still in effect today, that this magazine “will watch over the interests of the firemen and fire departments in all sections of the country and endeavor to keep them all informed of whatever occurs that…

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