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!