AEC To Train Fire Instructors in Radiation Hazards
The Atomic Energy Commission has announced a cooperative instructor’s training program in the fire hazards of atomic energy. This program is offered to fire colleges and training schools conducted by states and large municipalities.
The three-day course is intended to prepare instructors in such schools to integrate the hazards of the peaceful development of atomic industry into the curricula of their schools, relating the hazards of this new industry to the other hazards the fire fighters face in their daily work.
The material is presented in a simple, non-technical manner; the course can be taken with profit by an instructor qualified to teach classroom subjects irrespective of any background in physics.
Subjects covered will include the distinction between internal and external radiation hazards, contamination control, the possibility of accidental nuclear explosions, associated non-radiation hazards, prefire planning, and case studies of various types of hazard situation. The course will include practical fire situations involving radiation hazards, using the fire training facilities available at the various schools. Each student will be provided with sufficient reference material and training aids so that he will be able, upon completion of the course, to instruct fire departments in this important field.
There is no charge for the course. Directors of fire schools wishing to have such a course conducted at their school during the year 1957 or 1958 should write prior to March 31, 1957, to Mr. Daniel F. Hayes, Chief, Safety and Fire Protection Branch, U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, Washington 25, D. C., in order that schedules may be arranged. It is expected that fire schools in the larger cities will invite instructors from nearby smaller cities to attend the classes conducted at their school.
Francis L. Brannigan, a safety engineer on Mr. Hayes’ staff, will be in direct charge. During World War II, Mr. Brannigan was in charge of a Navy shipboard fire fighting school. After the War, as Assistant Fire Marshal of the Fifth Naval District, he organized the Navy’s first structural fire fighting school at Norfolk, Virginia. Since 1948, he has been with the Atomic Energy Commission and has served as Assistant Chief and later Chief of Safety and Fire Protection for the New York Office. He has specialized for several years in the problems of translating the facts about the hazards of radiation into language understandable to the average man.