On Being Prepared
“We don’t have many fires,” recently remarked the volunteer fire chief of an eastern town, “but the few we get may become mighty hot and dangerous if we fail to get on the job promptly and handle things efficiently.
“As most of our buildings are of frame construction, I regard every fire as a possible conflagration that might wipe our town off the map, and, accordingly, our equipment is always kept in apple-pie order, with the men regularly undergoing the kind of training methods used by some of the larger fire departments.”
“When we have a bad fire we can’t send in two, three and four alarms, mobilizing almost any quantity of apparatus and men as they do in the bigger cities. We have got to get along with a one-alarm turn-out whatever the situation is. Thus, I really feel, relatively speaking, that the small town chief carries a greater responsibility on his shoulders and certainly has to know his business if anybody does.”
There is good sound common sense in these remarks, worth the serious thought of every fire chief concerned with the problem of safeguarding the smaller community against fire. And, of course, to help you keep prepared is one of the functions of Fire Engineering.