Leadership

Fiery Message on Gasoline Storage

Issue 9 and Volume 132.

Fiery Message on Gasoline Storage Features Faced with major problems of gasoline storage at home during the gasoline crunch, Los Angeles City and County Fire Departments joined in a media event to illustrate potential dangers to the public. Dick Friend, who recently rejoined the L.A. County as fire information officer, said that field units reported homeowners storing extra gasoline in home garages, using every type of container from milk containers to bathtubs. “Obviously, it was an explosive situation,” Friend said. “Our chief, Clyde Bragdon, and City Chief John Gerard, wanted to demonstrate to the publichow acute the dangers were.” Demonstration planned Friend and his associates came up with the idea of building a demo “garage” at L.A. County’s East Los Angeles training center. The County Construction Division then built a mockup garage. Most of the Los Angeles television stations sent crews, as did newspapers. A 1-gallon gasoline can was pulled…

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