Utica School Trains Instructors
Twenty-nine department members were enrolled at the first Utica zone school for fire department instructors held at Utica, N. Y., April 22-27. Each of the sessions had a one hundred per cent attendance. Each of the following cities sent one or more men who when they return to their respective communities, will train firemen of the local departments: Kingston, 3; Poughkeepsie, 1; Syracuse, 2; Albany, 2; Binghamton, 2; Elmira, 2; Glen Cove, 2; Watertown, 3; Rochester, 1; Troy, 2; Yonkers, 2; Ogdensburg, 2, and Utica, 5.
Papers were delivered in the morning, and demonstration and work at the drill tower occupied the time alloted for the afternoon. Lectures were prepared by Chief Joseph N. Sullivan, Utica Fire Department; J. H. Howland, engineer, National Board of Fire Underwriters; Captain Edward Sillers, Yonkers; Captain Louis Mosher, Elmira and Captain William Kinary of Albany. They covered the topics of “Courtesy of Men to Officers and the Public,” “Fire Prevention,” “Ventilation,” “F’irst Aid and Resuscitation,” “Salvage Work,” “Care of Equipment,” “Special Hazards,” “Care and Driving of Motor Apparatus,” “Sprinkler Systems,” and “Hydraulics of Fire Streams.”
Practical demonstrations included operation of sprinkler heads, cellar pipes, pumpers with various hose layouts, pumper tests at Barge Canal with demonstration of the Utica water tower. Through the courtesy of the AmericanLaFrance & Foamite Company, there was a display of both foam and carbon dioxide methods of extinguishing fires.
The Order of Blue Gooses, comprising all of the instructors present and with membership limited to New York State fire department drill instructors, was inaugurated with a charter membership of thirty-five men. Officers have not been elected, but the chairmen of committees are as follow’s: Ritual, Deputy Chief George E. Woods, Watertown; Official Cartoonist, Lieut. Arthur W. Espey, Elmira; Social Activities. Battalion Chief Alex. Sutherland, Rochester; Membership, Deputy Chief James Donavan, Utica. Assistant Chief Arthur E. Chambers of Yonkers and Chief Murphy of Kingston were appointed guardians of wild gooses.
Chief Sullivan of Utica was complimented on the courteous and considerate attention given the visitors during the week,