New Dayton Drill Tower a Monument to Training
The new Fire Training School and Drill Tower opened recently by the City of Dayton, O., with fitting ceremonies represents the “last word” in utility and appearance. It cost $107,000, and is considered worth it.
The six-story structure is constructed of concrete and brick masonry and was
designed to meet the wishes of Fire Chief Joseph A. Kirby and his aides, who long have recognized the importance of firemanship training.
The new school building, which includes a modern and full-equipped firefighters’ classroom, has four different types of windows so that firemen may become familiar with them; utility room for indoor training; class and assembly room; a smoke room for gas mask training, and other features, including sprinkler system, stand-pipe and other facilities requisite to modern fire training.
The opening ceremonies were attended by Dayton civic officials, and business leaders, members of the Dayton Safety Council and the Chamber of Commerce, with many visiting fire officials from throughout Ohio.
Speakers on that occasion were Mayor Louis W. Lohrey, City Manager Russell E. McClure, Fire Chief Joseph A. Kirby and Harry I. Schenck, the architect.
Forrest B. Lucas, Assistant Chief of the Dayton Fire Department, has long been active in firemen’s training circles. He served as a member of the Joint Committee on Evolutions which has prepared two of the picture manuals on ladder and hose evolutions now being used by the fire service.