School Held in Asheville, N. C.
The tenth annual North Carolina Fire College and Drill School, held at the Central Fire Station, Asheville, N. C., on May 17 to 19. closed with Albert Coates. Director of the Institute of Government. Chapel Hill, delivering the commencement address and handing to 268 men either diplomas showing they had finished the four-year course, or certificates for this year’s work.
Firemen front all sections of the State attended the meetings. The business sessions and lectures held in connection with the school were held at the Central Fire Station, and the drills were conducted at the Merrimon Avenue Station, which has a fire tower and equipment for this work.
The faculty of the school is composed of Assistant Chief J. C. Fitzgerald, Ashevillo; J. L. Groom, Wilmington; J. R. Thomas. Rocky Mount; C. L., Burkett, Salisbury; A. T. Cottrell. Lenoir, and Sherwood Brockwell, State Fire Marshal, Raleigh.
At the second day’s session. Dr. Harry M. Archer, New York City, President of the International Association of Police and Fire Department Surgeons, spoke of the problems arising when accidents occur at the scene of a fire. The social event of the three-day meeting was a dance held at Central station after completion of the program.
At the closing session, the sprinkler system as a Fire Department auxiliary was discussed. Leading the discussion were Clyde Hildebrand, Canton, and Sherwood Brockwell. Raleigh. Fire Marshal and conductor of the school.
A discussion on fire streams and pump operations, was led hv Chief J. L. Croom, Wilmington, and members of the school faculty composed of W. H. Palmer, Charlotte; J. L. Grimsely, Wilmington; Henry G. Ballenger, Greensboro, and Eddie Williams and Dyke Cowan of Asheville.