A Short-Term “College”
While the name is rather a misnomer, the idea, it seems to us, of the “Fire College” to be held at the St. Paul, Minn., City Armory on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and briday, September 22, 23, 24 and 26 next, as described in another column, is an excellent one. While, of course, in such a short duration of time, all of the principles and details of fire fighting could not be taught, yet this school presents a most unusual opportunity for the visiting firemen to gain a knowledge of methods which they could in no other way acquire. This is especially true of the members of the smaller volunteer departments who, per force, have heretofore been sadly neglected in the general tendency to improvement manifest in the fire service of the country. Most of these members are business and professional men whose time is not their own and who cannot afford to give the large amount of it that would be required to attend the courses of a regular fire college or school. To these individuals this opportunity comes as a very welcome means to acquire the scientific knowledge of fire fighting that it is just as necessary for them to possess as the members of the largest paid department of the country and. in a way, even more so, as their necessity for initiative may at times be greater. The plan is recommended to the consideration of other state fire marshals.