Industrial Fire Protection School Held
A school for industrial fire protection and fire fighting is being offered as one of the ESMWT courses of the United States Office of Education at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. The school which began on May 22 is to run for sixteen weeks and is called the MidWest Plant Protection Conference. It is hoped that an advanced course, also of sixteen weeks duration, will be presented upon the conclusion of the first course.
The planning organization, composed of plant protection officials of many of the largest industrial plants in the St. Louis area, felt that fires in industrial plants have been all too frequent and beside causing considerable loss of life and property, definitely hinder the war effort. The group has concluded that something must be added to the existing fire control program if industrial fire losses are to be reduced, and felt that the founding of a fire school, intended primarily for industrial plant personnel, would be a step toward the solution of the problem.
When the idea of offering it as one of the war training courses was presented, Professor Harry G. Hake, director of the ESMWT program at Washington University, received it with enthusiasm.
Lectures, classwork and movies used in connection with the course will be presented on the campus of Washington University. Practical demonstrations and actual training with apparatus and equipment will be conducted at the St. Louis Fire Department Training School, through the cooperation of Chief Frank Egenriether.
Lecturers for the course include the following: C. W. Gabel, Superintendent of Plant Protection of The Emerson Electric Manufacturing Company; William Larkin, Fire Protection Engineer, Missouri Inspection Bureau; Captain Robert W. Quinlivan of the St. Louis Fire Department; John W. Cruickshank, Resident Engineer, Associated Factory Mutual Fire Insurance Companies; George N. Ricker, District Manager, Boston Manufacturers Mutual Fire Insurance and Arkwright Mutual Fire Insurance Company; Garrett B. James, Sr., Fire Protection Engineer, Monsanto Chemical Company; and Horace McMullen. Special Agent, National Board of Fire Underwriters.