The Fireman’s Many Duties
The illustration on this week’s cover of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING shows very strikingly that the extinguishment of fires is by no means the only duty which the fireman is called upon to perform in the course of his day’s work. The explosion which rocked to its foundations the financial district in Wall Street, New York City, recently, which later developments seem to show was the dastardly work of enemies of Society, called upon the best offices of the men of the fire department in caring for the dead and wounded that strewed the sidewalks and roadway immediately after the occurrence. For duties of this nature the fireman is perhaps better fitted than any other individual outside of the physician or surgeon himself. His work is essentially humanitarian at all times, and he naturally enters into the task of assisting the wounded with a gentleness and sympathy that is second to none. Beside this every member of the department must have some knowledge of the principles of first aid to the injured, so that his work in this respect is done intelligently and with ability, and naturally the first thing that is thought of by the officers of the law in an emergency of this nature, after the calling of ambulances, is the summoning of the fire department. That the move is a wise one and necessary it requires no argument to prove. The splendid work of the department is its own demonstration.