12/08/12 452 W - + 1 - 3 Volunteer Fire Fighters Learning Basic Principles, 1965

From the January 27, 1965, issue of the Raleigh Times:

GARNER - Volunteer fire fighters of Garner are learning basic principles about their work during a two-week training course which began Monday night. The second week will be held Feb. 8 through 11.

Sherman Pickard, director of Fire and Resource [Rescue?] service of N.C. Department of Insurance, is directing the program.

Pickard said that a class held two weeks ago for trainees studied methods of financing a fire department, organizational structure, fire insurance program, personal protection provided for each man in case he is hurt while fighting fire, N.C. traffic law relating to fire department vehicles, history of the local department as well as a brief history of rules and regulations dealing with individual and group fire fighters.

In the classes this week and the concluding week, equipment and how to work it will take up most of the time. Identification of equipment, its use, and location will be taught. Different kinds of apparatus will be demonstrated.

Protective clothing including smoke masks will be explained and shown, and how to ride a fire truck will be taught. Details of equipment, use, different makes, and how to maintain them will be taught.

On the job training will be conducted at Raleigh's training grounds for firemen. Here they will be subjected to about 240 degrees of heat as well as undergo smoke tests.

In more advanced training,  operation of water pumps, hydrolytic [sic] machinery, Garner's water system, and more advanced fire fighting tactics will be touched upon.

Standard operation procedures have been drawn up for three "codes" of fires. Pickard said that this is determined by man power, equipment, and water availability.

Code one deals with any fire within town limits requiring handled with 1 1/2 inch hose. Fire hydrants are usually close enough to be used. This code covers most dwellings. This may or may not require all three of Garner's engines.

Code two deals with any fire within town limits that requiring the use of 2 1/2 inch hose. The local schools and probably the business district are the only places in Garner where this code would generally be needed.

Code three deals with rural fires within the St. Mary's Fire District. This not only spells out the duties for engine drives but also systematically gives plans for tanker drivers.

Pickard said that Garner has one of the best rural fire fighting systems in the entire state.

These SOP duties have been brought up to date with a newly published set of duties dated this month.

The classes are being held each night through Tuesday. Fire Chief B. R. Poole expects most of his 40 m en to attend each session.

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