Camp Fire Department Observes Fire Prevention Week
The Camp Breckenridge, Kentucky, Fire Department joined the thousands of other fire departments of the nation in observing Fire Prevention Week, October 3 through October 9. To comply with the President’s proclamation to take unusually active measures to conserve our human and material resources, a special program was planned to assure a successful campaign.
The six fire stations, which are checked daily for working conditions, were subjected to extra “fine-toothed comb” inspections. During this week additional attention was given to electrical wiring and appliances throughout the camp. Brightly painted signs, bearing words of caution, have been placed in conspicuous places within the camp area. The ten Area Fire Marshals, together with their assistants, who are responsible for the condition of each building in the camp reservation, made their plans for a triple-check inspection of all areas under their supervision.
Major D. C. Artman, the Post Engineer and Post Fire Marshal, has direct supervision over the Fire Department. He is assisted by Captain Leland Korb. The Fire Chief is C. J. Sharp, former Louisville, Kentucky, fireman who has had twenty-one years’ experience in fire departments, twelve of them as a Captain. W. C. Payne of Madisonville, Kentucky, is assistant to the Chief in charge of Fire Prevention. Mr. Payne has had seven years’ experience as a fireman.
There are fifty-seven men assigned to the fire stations. These firemen are well trained and qualified to hold the responsible positions assigned to them. Much of their time is spent in looking for possible fire hazards and in instructing camp personnel in the use of fire-fighting equipment and safety measures. They also participate in a daily training program to keep fit and to keep abreast of the newest fire protection methods. The best fire-fighting equipment obtainable is used on this post.
Chief Sharp believes those who are careless with lighted cigarettes are responsible for most of the fires in this camp. Since there are so many causes. Chief Sharp offers the following suggestions for preventing fires; Never dispose of matches thoughtlessly; Do not hang wet clothing too near a stove; Don’t pour water on burning fat—use a foam extinguisher, earth, sand or a metal cover: Keep kerosene or oil outside and fill the tank outside: Never use gasoline, _____enzene or inflammable liquids for cleaning; Never smoke in bed; Never toss cigarettes in waste baskets; And make plans in advance so as to know exactly what you would do in case of any kind of fire. Call the fire department first, then use the extinguishers or other firefighting equipment.
Photos by U.S.Army Signal Corps