POLITICS BAD FOR FIRE SERVICE.

POLITICS BAD FOR FIRE SERVICE.

Chief Mark H. Kesler, Guthrie, Okla. Ter., in a communication to FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, says: “I served thirteen years under past Chief George C. Hale and Chief Edward Trickett, of Kansas City, Mo. My experience has taught me that fire chiefs elected through politics and susceptible to change with the political parties to which they belong, cannot render efficient service. I consider the business of firefighting a science, and a profession that can be mastered only by those who have gone through critical and practical experience as firemen. These only can appreciate what risks have to be taken to gain a thorough knowledge of what constitutes a successful fireman! Theoretical ideas of firefighting end only in theory; as it takes years of experience and hard knocks to qualify for a place on the roll of the paid department. I have been a constant reader of FIRE AND WATER since 1885, and consider it the best paper of its kind published, and as long as I remain in the business, I shall continue to read it.”

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