Perfection Through Free Discussion
No more important illustration of the necessity of free and thorough discussion of the reports of the various committees constituting the comprehensive plan of standardization which the International Association of Fire Engineers has embarked upon in the past year and on which a very encouraging start was made at the recent convention at Toronto last July, can be found than through the perusal of the discussion which the report of the committee on Drill Schools, Drills and Training elicited at that meeting. This discussion, consequent upon the reading of this report section by section by its chairman, Chief John C. Moran, of the fire department of Hartford, Conn., has been published in this and the preceding two issues of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, and constitutes one of the best and most practical treatises on the subject of the proper instruction of firemen that has ever been published, particularly so, as it embodies the testimony on the subject by the best authorities of the American fire departments, the men in command. Especially complete is the discussion printed this week and last as to the correct practice in ordinary, extension and scaling ladder work. The general and free expression of opinion on this subject by the chiefs at Toronto shows not only that these men are awake to the possibilities of the plan of standardization, but also that they throughly know how to express their ideas when occasions arise. However, free as the discussion has been upon this and other reports there yet are many chiefs who have not been heard from on these important subjects and who undoubtedly have invaluable ideas to impart, in assisting the chairmen to perfect their reports. To these men FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING offers the use of its columns, to express their opinions and criticisms looking toward the improvement, if possible, of these reports, which are to go on record as the decision of the association on the various subjects dealt with. This decision should be final and should constitute the last word on the matter, but, in order to accomplish this, the very best composite knowledge of the fire departments is required and this can only be obtained by thoroughly discussing every subject dealt with. Any discussion of these reports that chiefs and others send in to us will be published and brought to the attention of the various chairmen of committees. Send in your discussions.