AMBITIOUS FIREMEN.

AMBITIOUS FIREMEN.

Anybody who has watched the work of firemen at fires realizes that they are a brave body of men; that they are quick to see dangerous situations and ready to meet them and that in the course of their work they, on the spur of the moment, perform acts of daring impossible for the average citizen; For all this, and for the lifetime spent on almost constant duty, foregoing the average home life, the fireman receives a salary seldom generous and often actually inadequate to the needs of his family. That the firemen should be anxious to improve their condition by obtaining promotion to the higher grades in the fire service is quite natural but just how ambitious they are was, perhaps, not fully realized. It was with the present condition of members of fire departments and the opportunities for advancement open to those who are specially fitted for it in view that this journal published serially, and then in book form, the work entitled: “Practical Hydraulics for Firemen,” by Fred Sheppcrd, M.E., associate editor of EIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, and followed it up with the proceedings of the “New York Fire College Course,” edited by him, and which is now appearing weekly in its columns. These two works, so admirably designed to be of practical value to the rank and file of fire departments, struck a responsive chord, revealing the extent to which they are glad to seize an opportunity to improve the knowledge of their hazardous calling. The numbers of new subscriptions to this journal received and firemen interested in these two special works has been a substantial endorsement of the action of this journal in publishing them. While firemen from other cities have been welcomed to the New York Fire College and have gratefully acknowledged the value of the knowledge thus gained, the average fireman throughout the country has not the time nor the money to spend for a trip to New York to attend that institution. The course as printed places the next best thing to actual personal attendance at his disposal and that firemen have been quick to avail themselves of the chance testifies to their ambition and it is one which municipalities should appreciate and encourage. They should do all that is possible and proper to assist firemen in increasing their knowledge of the fire service. An excellent way, that is available at small cost is for the city to provide a copy of this journal for every fire station. By placing this valuable matter before the firemen the municipality would be helping to make its firemen better equipped as scientific fire fighters and would be increasing the city’s safety from fire. Surely this would be an excellent investment, one calling for small outlay and promising good results.

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