07/05/09 222 W - + 14 - 8 Update on History Workshop, August 21


We're seven weeks away from the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo, where we'll present a workshop on the history of firefighting in North Carolina. The date is Friday, August 21. The time is 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The location is the Raleigh Convention Center. The specific location is to be determined. The dress is probably casual, and the presenter may be disguised in non-tropical attire.

What will we talk about? Expect a solid hour tracing the history of firefighting, fire apparatus, and fire departments from, say, the 1770s to present day. We'll talk about early fire dangers, the first fire companies, hand and steam engines, the horse-drawn era, the arrival of motor trucks, segregated fire companies, technology over the centuries, the impact of World War II, rural fire departments, labor changes over the years, and more.

For the remaining 30 minutes, we'll answer questions and field discussions, and/or present additional history as time permits. The thing'll be based on PowerPoint slides, with lots of pictures. Lots of pictures. Plus some corny jokes and/or bad puns. See the show site for a full list of conference programs. And don't be (too) alarmed if you see Mr. Blogger driving and talking to himself. He's just rehearsing his talk. And hopefully not with his hands.







  
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