Improving Harrisburg Department

Improving Harrisburg Department

The Harrisburg, Pa., Independent says: “Publication of the interesting fact, obtained from unofficial sources, that the city authorities have in mind a plan to spend practically all of the $25,000 fire department loan authorized by the voters last November to equip the department—so far as the money will go— with motor-driven apparatus, proves that Harrisburg is not so self-centered as to be unable to recognize that there is some need for improvement of its fire fighting facilities. The need for some improvement was recognized before the absurd criticism recently made by the National Board of Fire Underwriters, who would have us think that our present fire fighting appliances are little better than so much junk. As pointed out before in this column, it is nonsensical to talk of making all the changes in the city’s fire fighting system that the underwriters recommended and that would cost a couple of million dollars, an amount far in excess of the total fire loss in Harrisburg for a great many years. However, the report is useful for the fact that, despite its great exaggerations, it may serve to guide the local authorities in effecting certain improvements that are needed, the necessity for which was recognized by Chief Kindler and men of the department long before the underwriters’ report came out.”

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