Chester County Fire School Held
Graduation exercises of the Chester County, Pa., Firemen’s Association School of Practical Training were held on the evening of October 6 in the quarters of the Alert Fire Company at Downingtown, Pa. These exercises marked the official close of the 1943 sessions of the school.
The training program of the school consisted of fourteen weekly sessions of two and one-half hours each, held each Tuesday evening beginning June 1.
The school was divided into four sections, namely, Section A which included forcible entry and minor extinguishment, salvage and overhaul, fire department rescue, rope work and gas mask instruction; Section B which covered ladder practice; Section C on hose practice and Section D on fire apparatus and light plants.
In setting up the program, Arthur W. Espey, Advisor of Fire Training, Public Service Institute, Pennsylvania Department of Public Instruction, gave the Association valuable assistance.
Twenty-four Chester County companies and two Lancaster County companies were represented in the enrollment. Three hundred fifteen were enrolled and these men received a total of 6,415 manhours of instruction. Out of the total enrollment, 155 men qualified for Public Service Institute certificates, and all who attended were given pocket cards issued by the Chester County Association showing the hours of instruction they had received.