09/26/13 162 W, 1 I - + 5 - 7 Sherman Pickard on State Fire Training - November 1957


Here's another blast from the past, courtesy of Hose & Nozzle magazine from November 1957. Here's Shermand Pickard, Director of Fire Service Training for the North Carolina Department of Insurance, talking about a statewide program for training volunteer firefighters at the local level. For anyone with ties to the Raleigh Fire Department, that name and face are particularly familiar. Shermand Pickard was appointed as the city's thirteenth Fire Chief on March 3, 1986. 

He had previously served for nineteen years as Director of Services for the North Carolina League of Municipalities. He was a native of Greensboro, and raised in Burlington. He joined the Burlington Fire Department two years after graduating from high school, and was a member from 1949 to 1955. He left the department as Director of Training. He was hired by NCDOI as director of fire and rescue service training. He was also a volunteer fireman in Garner during the 1960s. Click to enlarge:
 







  
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