Hospital Has Efficient Fire Department
The South Carolina Hospital for the Insane at Columbia, S. C., is ably protected by a volunteer fire department composed of the male and female nurses. The frequent inspections conducted by the department has been the means of safeguarding the 3,600 inmates of the institution.
E. M. Dickert is chief of the hospital’s volunteer fire department, and he is assisted in his work by Chief A. McC. Marsh of the Columbia fire department. Once a vear the Columbia fire department journeys to the hospital to supervise the drills and to give whatever assistance may be necessary to maintain the volunteer department at its greatest efficiency. Numerous drills are held in between times. The twelve female nurses arc familiar with the use of the fire appliances and apparatus at the hospital.
There were three small fires at the hospital during the past year but by the time that Chief Marsh responded with his apparatus the volunteer fire department had the fire under control.
A hand reel team from the state institution won a silver cup for making the best time in a district contest.