04/08/10 220 W, 1 I - + 11 - 2 Drill at Pope Air Force Base, 1968


Here's another Hose & Nozzle magazine cover photo, from the March-April 1968 issue. The photo is courtesy of Pope Air Force Base, and shows a drill that was conducted for the Department of Community Colleges. The their A/V department also recorded the drill, the article reported, for possible use statewide as a training aid.

The exercise utilized a salvaged C-119 Flying Boxcar centered in a 5,000 square-foot pit, and with 1,500 gallons of contaminated JP-4 jet fuel expanded over the area. Eighteen firefighters and five pieces of apparatus practiced suppression and rescue of five simulated victims inside the wreckage.

Pictured on the right was the largest firefighting vehicle of the Air Force at the time, the Type P-2. Same was equipped with a 1,000 GPM roof turret, with an effective range of 175 feet, the article notes. With all discharge opens used, the trucks' entire 2,500 gallons of agent could be discharged in less than two minutes. Are any still in service in the Carolinas?

Names mentioned in the article include Pope AFB Fire Chief B. F. Barrow, State Supervisor of Fire Service Training Keith Phillippe, Chief of Audio Visual Branch Rowland Roy, and area consultant Calvin Beck. That's likely the same Beck who served as Cary's first paid fire chief. Click to enlarge:
 


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