They Obeyed the Chief’s Orders Literally

They Obeyed the Chief’s Orders Literally

The monthly bulletin by the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Pacific is called “Fight the Fire Fiend” and contains numerous items that are strong arguments for greater care on the part of adults as well as children. In a recent number the following true story is told: “A fire occurred in a school house, caused by spontaneous combustion in a pile of oily rags and other rubbish which had accumulated in the manual training department. The chief advised having metal cans in which to place such materials. In the same city, shortly thereafter, but in a different school, a fire occurred from the same cause. ‘Didn’t I tell you to have metal cans installed in order to prevent fires of this nature?’ the chief said. ‘Sure,’ was the reply, ‘and we did put them in the other school, where the first fire happened.’ ‘Great work,’ murmured the chief to himself. ‘Reminds me of the story about locking the stable after the horse was stolen.’ ” One wonders just what order of mentality is possessed by grown men who are capable of such inconceivable idiocy. The bulletin calls attention to the increasing number of false alarms that are reported and says that a community sentiment should be cultivated against such alarms, a sentiment to be reinforced by city and, if necessary, state laws against the practice. There is no state in which real fires have not occurred that caused heavy loss merely because the fire department was answering another alarm that proved to be false, “just a joke.”

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