WHETHER we call it that or not, the nation is at war. Tomorrow may see the fire service in the very front line of defense. The President has asked for unprecedented regulatory powers and taxes. At the same time the Government is placing large orders for air crash fire equipment with American fire apparatus manufacturers. In its recommendations for civilian protection the fire service calls for a staggering total of fire trucks, for millions of feet of large hose, for radio communications facilities on a vast scale, and much more!
- For months FIRE ENGINEERING has been warning its readers to get busy—to survey their needs—and place their orders for needed facilities. Now, we say: don’t count on government support—only a few target areas will receive this help. Yet you must step up protection to meet stepped-up production, transportation, storage and other war hazards. The number and severity of fires will increase as war effort increases. And there is always the dread threat of sabotage.
- It is a time for action in the fire service. Once more we say it—check and double check your needs, Chief. Make them known to your local government,—yes, and to your patriotic citizens. Get those orders in to bring your fire forces up to strength. And. as the fire service has done through previous war emergencies,—look to. look into—and count upon the editorial and advertising content of FIRE ENGINEERING for sound support!