05/31/10 188 W - + 7 - 10 Raleigh Fire Prevention Courses, 1957

In early December 1957, several Girl Scout troop members became the first teens in Raleigh to graduate from a new "batty sitting course" created by Raleigh Fire Chief Jack Keeter, and sponsored by civic organizations. Award certificates were presented by Mrs. Tobias Goodman of Wake-Raleigh Civil Defense. Among the topics in the course included a police detective lecture on how to cope with burglars. Source: Raleigh Times, December 4, 1957.

This early announcement was posted in print: "Home Fire Fighting & Prevent Course are being taught by the Bureau of Fire Prevention, Raleigh Fire Department. The Wake County Home Demonstration Office, the Wake County Chapter of the Red Cross, the Raleigh Rescue Squad, the Detective Bureau of the City Police Department, and the Fire Prevention Bureau are cooperating in a Training Course for Baby Sitters.

"This course is cosponsored by the Raleigh Fire Department and the Raleigh-Wake Woman's Civil Defense Council. Clubs and other groups interested in either the Fire Fighting Course or the course for Baby Sitters should call Captain John W. Holmes, Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau, TE 2-7735."

Little more about this. The course lasted 18 weeks, and about 100 girls attended. The curriculum included not only child care, but instruction in “food, emergency first aid, fire prevention, and uninvited prowlers.” The sessions were opened with B.T. Fowler, a member of the Fire Prevention Bureau, at the Red Cross House on North Blount Street. He “advised the Scouts to become familiar with the house in which they are baby sitting and to know where to reach the parents by telephone. If they can’t be reached at all times, he said, have the name of a close friend or relative to call in an emergency.” He gave instruction on the “best methods for getting out of a house in case of fire” and also showed a film titled “Too Young to Burn.” Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping.
Legeros - 05/31/10 - 11:55

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