Novel Legal Use
Recently the fire chief of a western city appeared as a technical witness for his community and testified in court concerning the necessity for fire hydrants along a state freeway. Supporting data in the presentation included back copies of FIRE ENGINEERING which reported fires occurring on superhighways.
According to the chief, the judge was impressed by the presentation, took the magazines and looked them over. The fire chief is confident that this incident played a large part in the favorable decision which was rendered. It is expected that the state will appeal the case to a higher court and the chief believes that at such time, the copies of FIRE ENGINEERING will again play an important role in proving that fires do occur on freeways.
We know that the chief, in common with many others, employs the magazine in department training. However, this is the first reported incident where it was used in a court case of this nature. Naturally we are proud to learn of this novel contribution to the cause of fire protection and we pass along the information as an idea for our readers’ future reference.