Our Correspondents

Our Correspondents

From the Publisher’s Desk

Among the unsung heroes that make FIRE ENGINEERING what it is, are our staff correspondents. They seem to come from all walks of life, but they have one thing in common—a tremendous interest in the fire service.

Our oldest correspondent (in point of years of service, that is) is Paul Ditzel who conducts our regular column Bells, Buff and Blazes, and whose byline first appeared in FIRE ENGINEERING shortly after World War II when he was still in college.

Paul is a P.R. man and a free-lance writer who is also chairman of the Citizen Advisory Committee of the Los Angeles City Fire Department. In addition to his regular column Paul has contributed a wealth of articles on a variety of fire service subjects down through the years.

Next in point of service is Cliff Dektar who works for one of the leading public relations houses in the country. Cliff, too, also started with us as a very young fella and still keeps us and our readers informed on what’s cooking in the fire service down Southern California way.

Our latest staff correspondent is Frank Mahoney. Frank is the police and fire editor for the Boston Globe, public relations officer for the New England Association of Fire Chiefs and has been an occasional contributor to F IRE ENGINEERING for many years. We expect more from him.

Another of our regulars is Dick Nailen who had his first article published in FIRE ENGINEERING in 1961 and has been sending them in ever since. Dick is an electrical engineer by profession, a free-lance writer by avocation and a fire buff at heart. He has had a strong interest in industrial fire protection for the past 20 years, and this interest is reflected in his articles.

We have other correspondents hut space is short and we will cover them in a future issue.

However, there is one correspondent that we cannot overlook, and that is Mr. Fire Chief of the United States and Canada. He is the major contributor of FIRE ENGINEERING and the one who has really kept our pages full down through the past 91 years.

He is the one who really keeps us informed of the know-what, know-how and know-why of the fire.

We just don’t know what we’d do without him!

Our Correspondents.

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Our Correspondents.

We boldly assert that there is no specialty paper printed in this country that prints weekly the amount of valuable and interesting correspondence that the JOURNAL does. That such is the fact, is a high compliment to the intelligence of the Firemen, and shows conclusively that, as a class, their intellectual calibre is above that of the average of men. The topics discussed by them cover the widest range, from the gossippy letter, descriptive of a parade or the equipment of a Department, to a scientific discourse on Steam Engines, or learned disquisitions on the best means of obtaining a water supply for cities and villages. All this correspondence is of interest, not only to Firemen, but to all classes of citizens who are interested in putting an end to the yearly waste of $100,000,000 of the nation’s wealth by fire. These letters tend to show what means are being adopted by each community to stop j the leak in its own midst, and they also serve to stimulate other communities, heretofore negligent or reckless, to take measures for their own protection.

With the first issue ol m announcement was tnd and frozen ould esteem it a privilege to b Phedium this hoc of intercommunication the Firemen,” and invited correspondence from all quarters. In accordance with this idea, we have permitted to contributors the greatest latitude of expression compatible with fairness and decency. At first there were a few who sought to use our columns to ventilate their private grievances, to assail individuals, or to indulge in slangy criticisms and questionable jokes. It took but a short time to convince the very few who thus contributed, that the JOURNAL did not propose to lend itself to any such low purposes, and we are no longer troubled with them. On the contrary’, we have secured instead a corps of contributors who, for intelligent treatment of the subjects they discuss, cannot be excelled, and of whom the Fire Service of the country may well be proud. We are thankful to them for their favors in the past, and urge them to continue their efforts in the future. We also invite all others who have the time or inclination-to do so to send us contributions. Combine thought with experience, and let us have essays and discussions upon special topics to intersperse with our newsy letters. The field is a lyoad one, for there is scarcely any business that presents so many knotty scientific points for its followers to consider as does the Firemen’s profession. There are plenty ol men in the Service fully competent to discuss these questions, and we hope to see them come to the front, and join our army ol correspondents—contributing their share to the exchange of practical ideas and original thought which will result in the greatest good to all.