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Laurel, Md., Housewives Fight Fire

Issue 3 and Volume 97.

Laurel, Md., Housewives Fight Fire Shouldering heavy lengths of hose and clmbing fire ladders is just an everyday job for ten Laurel, Md., women. When the siren shrieks, they drop their housework, jump into overalls and rush out to battle flames. Ranging in age from twenty-seven to fifty-two, and including two grandmothers, members of the group have taken to fire fighting as easily as keeping house. Fire Chief Norris Beall of the Laurel, Md., Fire Department, got the idea of having women firemen soon after the armed forces began making inroads on fire department manpower. He suggested that about eight members of the Women’s Auxiliary learn to fight fires. Ten took training and now they handle all the daytime fires with the help of any available men. Mrs. Gertrude Beall, captain of the group and sister-in-law of the Fire Chief, Said things “were pretty bad” at first when there were…

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