Oppose OCD Equipment as Standard
In its December meeting at Dover Del., the Delaware State Fire Chiefs Association went on record as opposing the use of civilian defense equipment as standard fire apparatus after the close of the war.
Chief Thomas E. Baker of the Robbins Hose Company, Dover Bureau of Fire, which was host to the chiefs from all parts of the state, initiated the action after a paper had been read on the postwar use of OCD equipment.
Discussion by the chiefs developed that OCD equipment, provided by the federal government, does not meet standard requirements and has weaknesses conducive to breakdown or serious reduction in effectiveness which, in case of a larger fire, might make it useless and nullify the efforts of firemen.
The equipment, chiefs said, is serving a valuable purpose as auxiliary apparatus during the war emergency, but they frowned officially upon its employment as standard equipment after the war. The chiefs also brought out that a community which has received the emergency equipment might “build a fire company around it” and seek to make itself eligible for admission to the state or a county firemen’s association for state or county appropriation. Their attitude was that any company formed in this manner should not be admitted to any firemen’s association nor be entitled to the appropriations or other considerations which companies with standard equipment receive.
Chief Baker and other chiefs cited various weaknesses in the equipment and stressed that it should not be recognized as standard apparatus after the war.