General Adoption of the Fire School
The replies to the questionnaire sent out by FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING inquiring to what extent chiefs of fire departments have adopted the instruction of their men through the medium of the Fire School show really remarkable results. When the New York Fire College was founded, many of the chiefs of the smaller departments took advantage of its unique methods of training and attended its sessions. From this beginning the movement has spread with remarkable rapidity, and other large cities have followed suit and established colleges and schools along the same lines.
It was quite natural that the chiefs of smaller departments, after graduating from these schools of the larger cities and through personal experience recognizing the advantages of systematic training in fire fighting, should desire to pass along this knowledge to the men under their command, realizing the resultant increase in efficiency such training would entail.
The result of this was very apparent in the replies received to the questionnaire. A large majority of them were in the affirmative and those departments which had not actually established schools through lack of funds or from other reasons held periodical drills to keep the men in good trim and to insure continuity of action. That this tendency is an encouraging evidence of progress and will work toward the increase of efficiency of the fire departments of the country goes without saying. It will, besides lending snap and pep to the work of the firemen, increase their interest and give them an object to work for. This in turn will result in constant improvement and practical perfection in the science of fire fighting.