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Wilmington Ready For Fire Prevention U eek
Rookies Here Given Strict Training; Chief Croom Announces Two-Headed Attack Against Fire Destruction Here By BOB KLINE. Staff Writer As Wilmington prepared for national Fire Prevention week, which starts tomorrow in 10,000 cities throughout the United States and Canada, Fire Chief J. Ludie Croom announced a two-headed attack against destruction by fire. Still licking tneir wounas ovei» the high fire loss in Wilmington for the first six months of 1947, caused largely by the Grace Methodist church fire last Feb ruary that cost an estimated $125,000, the city firemen are prepared to bring the per capi ta loss down to a minimum, Chief Groom said. Wilmington’s fight against fire will be based on (1) coopera tion from the citizens in clean ing up the city and (2) innaugu rating an up-to-the-minute train ing program for the firemen. In asking for the citizens’ co operation, the chief urged everyone to clean up potential fire hazards around the home and have furnaces inspected be fore cold weather begins. Precaution A Must “If the city is to bring down its per capita fire loss for the first six months of 1947 of S3.08, compared to the na*ional aver age of $2.98,” he said, “fire pre vention through simple precau tions is the first ‘must’.” For the second line of defense against fire, he pointed out that the fire department last week began a three-month intensive school for the “rookies.” “Rookie” firemen—those who are serving six-months proba tionary periods — are literally under the constant eyes of the Old-timers in the business treat the youngsters warmly and in off moments make them the fre cuent butt of their traditional “greenhorn” jokes. But during business hours— and they are more numerous than the layman realizes —the rookie is “making” or “break ing” himself in his newly i chosen career as a defender of j life and property. The veteran hook and ladder men are sympathetic to the newcomer’s mistakes, and they willingly give of their accumu lated knowledge and experience. However when a mistake is made too often the rookie should either mend his ways or choose another profession. For at the scene of a fire, mistakes ran mean death or the loss of a horn''. lough Qualification Qualifying fox' a fireman’s job is almost as tough as getting in the Army or Navy. Applicants must have high school educa tions and they must be at least five feet and seven inches tall and must weigh at least 142 pounds. After a prospective fireman passes the physical examina tion, his case is considered by the Civil Service commission. The commission furnishes Chief Croom with an “eligible list” of men, and when an opening aris es, the Chief chooses his rookies from this list. On a typical day of a fire man under training, he reports to work at 8 a.m. and answers ■ roll call. From 8 o’clock to 8:30 he helps the regular drivers check the trucks. All gauges, | pumps, coupling, hose and en gines must be inspected and the trucks are given a wipe-down. At 8:30 the rookie starts “clean up” of the station. On this not too pleasant duty, he assists in mopping the floors, straighten ing up the bunk room and get ting everything “ship-shape.” When he’s through with “clean-up” he reports for drill at 9:30. This last for two hours, and each day a new phase of firefighting is covered by the head instructors. Captains R. S. Bell and H. W. Corbett and pump instructor Fred Futchs. Schooling Hard I he youngsters are taught which of five different ladders to choose at the scene of a fire. They learn to operate pumps, nozzles and deluge sets. They stretch hose, attach couplings and nozzles in record times. On the drill tower they learn to es cape from a burning building by rope and to climb high build f TBUSCONj \ParaTfxI % FLOOR COATING t ■3 HANOVER HARDWARE CO. 706 So. 17th St. Dial 9942 -1 LEARNING the ropes on a lad der. Gerock, follows Jordan in climbing the brick training tow er with sectional ladders that ire hooked in to the windows as they move up. ing with scaling ladders. And these are but a few of the hun dreds of routines with which firemen must become so famil iar that they can complete each one without thinking. Each fireman must familiar ize himself with the floor plans, exits and water sources in every public building such as theaters, hospitals, schools and offices in his territory. In an emergency the fireman knows his way around, can lead people to safe ty and not add to the confusion and danger by losing himself in an unfamiliar basement, attic or corridor. The “rookie” must learn to know instinctively when to use a spray, a steady stream, a broken stream, or a chemical. The fireman has to know when to ventilate a room and when to knock down the man who runs to open the windows to let the smoke out. A smoul dering fire may explode, if a gust of air bursts in through an opening. And on the other hand, people' may suffocate if a fire man fails to raise a window. Luncheon hour is 11:30 to 12:30 and the rookies and the regular firemen eat at thier sta tions. A Busy Life After luncheon and as usual whenever a group of men get together, a card game around a pot-bellied stove is next on the routine of the day. At 2 p.m. the card game breaks up and from then to 5 o’clock the students and the rest of the firemen busy themselves around the station repairing hose, fixing the trucks and fill ing fire extinghishers for pri vate citizens. The probationary firemen has a busy life during his first six months and at the end of that period he is crammed full of fire-fighting facts and routines. But what he has learned as an apprentice is barely a start for w'hat he is expected to know in a few years. His knowledge, however, and the cooperation of the people whose lives and property he is defending, will determine the success or failure of the Wil mington fire department this year. 5 Building Permits Granted In Whiteville During September WHITEVILLE, Oct. 4. — Five building permits, all for residen tial construction, were issued in September by city council. Whiteville residents obtaining permits were: B. D. Blackman to build six room dwelling on Patterson St. J. A. Courtney and B. P. Pols ton to erect six-room dwelling on Nance street. Flora B. Prevatte, four-room dwelling on Thompson street. Henry D. Hill, six-room dwell ing on Patterson street. J. R. Marks and F. M., five room dwelling on East Columbus street. Columbus Negro Held Sans Bond In Shooting There WHITEVILLE, Oct.. 4. — A coroners jury ordered Nathaniel Pierce, young South Whiteville Negro, held without bonud for grand jury investigation in the death of C. B. Toon, 18, who was slain with a pistol shot through the temple last Wednesday night. Coroner Hugh Nance, conduct ing the inquest at the courthouse, placed only two witnesses on the stand. I KNOWLTON GEROCK. one of the roof es in the Wilmington fire department, goes through his paces this week. He is 28-years-old, married and has two children. “I like being a fireman,” he said, “and if I don’t get washed out, I want to stick it out as my life-time career.” Upper left, he scoots down the brass pole in one second flat. He and H. L. Sandlin hold a heavy hose sending out a solid stream. Proper technique in handi'ng “live” lines prevents the firemen from being knocked to the ground. A GAME OF RUMMY around a warm sto ve is the way most firemen like to spend their leisure time. Seated, Gerock, Odus Barefoot, R, C. Russ, R. ( . Mohr and H. L. Sandlin play a poker-faced game. Capt. H. W. Corbett, extreme left, and C. C. Jordan, right, are interested kibitzers. RECEIVING A FIRE alarm at the switchboard, Gerock learns how to handle the nerve center. On this duty he calls each of the five fire stations hourly for a check, takes available details on alarms and notifies the other stations. Pender Slates Farm Bureau Meet On October 10 The Pender County Farm bu reau will have its annual sup per meeting on Friday night, Oc tober It), in the Burgaw school cafeteria at 6 o’clock. Willis Tobler of the American Farm bureau’s Washington of fice will be the principle speak er of the evning, it was an nounced by J. V. Whitfield, pre sident of the Pender bureau, yesterday. Officials of the North Carolina Farm bureau will also be present according to Mr. Whitfield. All members and their fami lies who plan to attend the sup- j per are urged to notify Miss; Emma Bryan immediately, in! order that sufficient reserva- i lions may lx* made. J. W. WEEKS DESKS - CHAIRS | SAFES - FILES IK,l rinccsH Street Dial 9906 Wiln,ington, N. C. Robeson Baptists Adopt $90,000 Moving Budget LUMBERTON, Oct. 4.—Robe son County Baptists adopted a goal of $90,000 as their share in raising a million and a half dol lars for Wake Forest college, at a meeting of pastors and commit tees from most of the 61 church es in the Association held at the First church in Lumberton. The Rev. Carey P. Herring of Fairmont, moderator and county chairman for the program, pre sided. Judge L. R. Varser of of Lumberton and David Britt of Fairmont spoke to the question of the amount needed to supple ment the offer made by Reynolds Fountain of an $11,000,000 en dowment. STATE ( AMPAIGX FOR MEMBERSHIPS \OW l\ PROGRESS! Now Is The Time To Join V. F. W . VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS FOR 1948. New $C.OO Memberships .. Reinstatement SQ.OO Memberships . O If You Are An Overseas Veteran Of Hostilities In World War I Or II Join Now! Enjoy The Comrade ship Of Your Buddies! JAMES A. MANLEY POST 2573 121 '/2 Princess Street BPW CLUB PLANS BANQUET FRIDAY Bosses, If Male, Will Be Entertained By Membership An intensified program of fall activities was announced yester day for the Wilmington chapter of" Business and Professional Women's clubs by Mrs. Doris Blomme, chairman of the week and publicity director. Highlight for next week will be a “Boss's Night Banuet Banquet" at the Famous grill, Friday Mrs. Blomme said. Members may invite then bosses to dinner, if their bosses are male. Otherwise they can invite their husbands or boy friends. The evening's entertain ment will include dancing, music, dinner and a guest speaker. A discussion over radio station WMFD on “Women At Work” is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:45 p. m. at the Community Center, she said. The Business and Professional women have scheduled three plays for presentation this sea son, Mrs. Blomme said. “Dream Girl” is set for Jan. 6, “Made In Heaven” for Feb. 17 and “Kiss And Tell” for April 16. Whiteville Youths Enter Training At Radio School WHITEVILLE, Oct. 4. — Two local boys, Bobbie Rushing, son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie A. Rush ing, and A1 Stanley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman D. Stanley, both of Whiteville, have entered training at the New England school of radio broadcasting in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Both boys are graduates of Whiteville High school, where Rushing played football on the Varsity. A1 Stanley just complet ed two years at North Carolina State college in Raleigh. The course of study the boys are taking is aimed at immediate employment in radio upon graduation. A1 and Bobbie plan to return South and work for a local radio Station in North Caro lina. Jim Purcell well known local radio man on WENC in White ville is a graduate of the New England school of radio broad casting. State VFW Requests $8,400 From National Group For Offices By FRANK VAN DER LINDEN Star-News Washington Bureau WASHINGTON, Oct. 4. — The North Carolina department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars today requested S3,400 from the nation al organization to help pay next year's expenses of the liaison of fices it maintains in the Charlotte and Winston-Salem headquarters of the veterans administration. J.ms ligure is the same amount requested, and granted, for the current year, said Ken Noble of Wilmington, department chief of staff, who presented the request to the national welfare rehabilita tion committee on behalf of de partment Commander Ed Snead, also of Wilmington. Noble said he also would con fer tomorrow with Wesley Pearce, V. F. W. national housing director, about the organization’s coming campaign for passage for the Taft-EUender-Wagner bill and for revision of building codes as two ways of obtaining more homes for veterans. NEW NEW ENGLAND CUSTOM MALDEN, Mass. (U.R) — At Ted's Tavern here, customers stand on both sides of the bar so that they face their friends while drinking their ale and chatting. "You Save As You Spend When You Buy II At" FUTRELLE'S PHARMACY MRS. DORIS BLOMMr Burgaw Research Club Schedules Meet Oct. 13 — BURGAW, Oct. 4.—The Re search club will hold its next meeting Oct. 13th at 5 o’clock p. m. with Mrs. Leon Corbett, it was announced yesterday fol lowing a program featuring the “Early Beginnings.” Fifteen memoers were pres ent to hear Mrs. Corbett tell the story of the Lost Colony page ant. Miss Dannie Hayes was welcomed as the new member. Group singing with The Old North State and Here’s to The Land of The Long Leaf Pines, was held after which a prologue from the Lost Colony pageant was given by Mrs. Edward Far rior. 4-H Pullet Sale Is Held Bq Burgaw Club * The Second Annual 4-H P0ul. try Sale was held Tuesday aft. [ ernoon in Burgaw with a g00(j I attendance. 90 Rhode Island Re(j . pullets were exhibited. Blue ribbons were won by Emily Eakins, Atkinson school' ! Ann Sawyer and LeVerne Hin son, Burgaw school. Dorothy Ann Murphy, of Penderlea s,..ool won a Red ribbon and the follow ing v/ere White ribbon winners' Bernard Rackley. Atkinson school; Raymond Jackson. Bur. i gaw school; Juanita Lanier Rocky Point school; Elizabeth Hicks and Alvah Blake, jr Topsail school. Each exhibitor won a cash prize in addition to the ribbons. Those purchasing the pullets includes E. L. Eakins. Wathc. W. M. Rochelle, Burgaw, J. V. Whit field, Burgaw LaVerne Hinson, Burgaw and Wilmington, and j’ H. McMillan of Watha. Dr. W. N. 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