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THEN AND NOW.

ONCE again has come round the annual convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers, and as each succeeds the other, it is impossible for any thoughtful person to avoid drawing a stark contrast between the conditions which prevalent on the fire service today and that of thirty years ago. years ago, when the paid fire services were quite a minority and the apparatus was of the most rudimentary and primitive type. At that time, tall buildings were as unknown as today’s magnificent fire equipment. The machines for putting out fires were insufficient for the purpose, while the very men who operated them were undisciplined and capable, each, of doing what seemed best in his own eyes. A generation ago, a scientific firefighter was more than the exception, and treatises or journals devoted to the study of the subject of fire protection were also unknown – would have been ridiculed if they had appeared. Now everything is changed, and there is hardly a fire chief who cannot be said to be more or less an expert and a smart worker in the field of improving existing fire protection systems. , which, wonderful as they are, are not yet perfect enough not to be subject to improvement. It’s the same with men. Like the soldier, each has learned to obey, a characteristic also seen in the ranks of the best volunteer firefighters, whose officers and men devote time and money to prepare them for the great enterprise they have undertaken. . This change is largely due to the conventions of the International Association of Fire Engineers, which every year become more and more practical and professional in their tendencies, and become, what they were from the start intended to lie, rather schools teaching the science of fire protection than mere social gatherings, where fun, rather than work, reigned. There is a bright future for firefighters, if the conventions live up to the intentions of the founders of the association.

ONCE again has come round the annual convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers, and as each succeeds the other, it is impossible for any thoughtful person to avoid drawing a stark contrast between the conditions which prevalent on the fire service today and that of thirty years ago. years ago, when the paid fire services were quite a minority and the apparatus was of the most rudimentary and primitive type. At that time, tall buildings were as unknown as today’s magnificent fire equipment. The machines for putting out fires were insufficient for the purpose, while the very men who operated them were undisciplined and capable, each, of doing what seemed best in his own eyes. A generation ago, a scientific firefighter was more than the exception, and treatises or journals devoted to the study of the subject of fire protection were also unknown – would have been ridiculed if they had appeared. Now everything is changed, and there is hardly a fire chief who cannot be said to be more or less an expert and a smart worker in the field of improving existing fire protection systems. , which, wonderful as they are, are not yet perfect enough not to be subject to improvement. It’s the same with men. Like the soldier, each has learned to obey, a characteristic also seen in the ranks of the best volunteer firefighters, whose officers and men devote time and money to prepare them for the great enterprise they have undertaken. . This change is largely due to the conventions of the International Association of Fire Engineers, which every year become more and more practical and professional in their tendencies, and become, what they were from the start intended to lie, rather schools teaching the science of fire protection than mere social gatherings, where fun, rather than work, reigned. There is a bright future for firefighters, if the conventions live up to the intentions of the founders of the association.

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