The fire school has become an established institution of the fire department. Practically none of those of the larger cities are without this important adjunct of fire-fighting. The adoption of some form of instruction of the rookie and the following up of this with a periodical drill and lecture to the men, designed to keep them up to the highest form of efficiency is now part of the practice of many of the smaller departments also.
This is increasingly true of even the volunteer departments of the small towns. It is realized that firefighting consists no longer of a haphazard throwing of a stream of water on a blaze—it has been reduced to an exact science, both as regards the prevention of the fire and the handling of it. This being true, the members of the department, whether it be of a large city or a small village, cannot afford to pass by the acquiring of the full knowledge which is part of their profession.
The fire school, conducted by an officer of the department, a man of long experience, or an outside fire-fighter from another department, is therefore a prime necessity to the department which wishes to be up to the highest notch of efficiency. This fact is being more and more recognized throughout the country, and it is a splendid sign of the increased usefulness of the American fire department.