Balancing the Books
THE 75th Convention of the International Association is now history. The several hundred fire chiefs who participated in the Miami meetings heard both good, and disturbing news.
- On the credit side is the progress being made by the fire service—more scientific advances in fire control and extinguishment through better designed and better built facilities; improved techniques in fire fighting practices; new conceptions of the place of the fire service and of the fire prevention engineer in the public mind.
- On the other side is the knowledge that the service is not advancing as rapidly as it should; it is not accepting and using the improved “tools” which science and industry are producing for it; added personnel in the service has not yet solved the question of improved working conditions—more men are needed on the fire line; training in firemanship, particularly in the higher brackets, still falls short of needs. And, worst of all is the tendency on the part of municipal government to procrastinate in approving rehabilitation and modernization programs of the fire service.
- With over 25 per cent of the nation’s fire fighting facilities dangerously outmoded (see October FIRE ENGINEERING) and with the international unrest and possible rationing of those needed facilities hanging over the service, this is no time for complacency.
- FIRE ENGINEERING will, as it has for over 70 years—continue its fight for higher standards, and greater accomplishments in the entire field of fire protection and prevention. In this effort it is proud to have the greatest reader audience and army of advertisers in its history.