Firemen Handicapped at Springfield, Ill.
Springfield, Ill., recently had a serious fire. One of the local newspapers said of it: “Springfield’s fire department deserves welt at the hands of the community for its work. It fought the flames under a serious handicap, but it made the best of the facilities. There was no want of courage and the fight was intelligently and ably directed. No other conclusion could be reached by persons familiar with the difficulties experienced in confining the flames to the building in which the fire originated.”
Another local newspaper said: “The equipment of the local fire department is totally inadequate. Attached to the vehicles used by the department should be receptacles in which to carry brickbats to be used in smashing the windows of the structure that is threatened with fire, in order to give access to the anemic flow of water from the hose. It was not until willing spectators came to the rescue by smashing the windows with missiles picked up on the street, that the firemen were able to apply the stream to the fire within. As usual, the firemen were doing their work strictly in accordance with fire-fighting rules, and had they had a sufficient amount of water and the required pressure, the fire would have been extinguished with little loss.”