ON July 1 American industry goes under a Controlled Materials Plan, directed by the National Production Authority. This means, in brief, that aluminum, copper, steel and other metals will be doled out in a manner to assure sufficient reserves for defense output needs.
- Again, the fire service will face the red tape that gave it gray hairs in World War II. Actually, the pinch may not be as severe as its predecessors because of current plans to make available materials and component parts to fire apparatus manufacturers to meet the heavy demands for municipal and government sponsored civil defense apparatus.
- This is the situation, however, against which FIRE ENGINEERING warned its readers. Many, fortunately, acted in time to place their orders for necessary equipment. Others may have to wait a long time for delivery.
- For the benefit of our readers we hasten to say that this “controlled” economy will not prevent manufacturers of fire equipment from accepting municipal orders—or making deliveries. It is not the intent of the N.P.A. to further handicap a fire service already operating with over 50% of its apparatus outmoded and over-age. Rather, the heads of N.P.A. are beginning to realize the vital nature of fire protection, and provisions for strengthening the fire service are now under consideration. Suppliers to the fire service also are alert to conditions and are bending every effort to increase production facilities.
- Furthermore, as the advertising pages of FIRE ENGINEERING will show, there is no indication of any inclination on the part of apparatus and equipment manufacturers to curtail their solicitations of the fire service market—rather the contrary!