Veteran’s Hospital’s Fire Prevention Program

Veteran’s Hospital’s Fire Prevention Program

The Fire Prevention Week program for the Veterans Hospital, Walla Walla, Washington, was designed to sustain interest in fire prevention throughout the week of October 9. According to Frank A. Maddux, Hospital Fire Chief, the schedule went about like this;

Monday, October 10; Members of the fire department distributed fire prevention literature to hospital patients and personnel. At 3:30 P.M. the fire department demonstrated the use of low velocity fog in extinguishing a live buildingfire (the structure, 8′ x 8’ x 10’ was constructed of scrap lumber). Patients, personnel and public were invited to witness these operations. At 7:30 P.M. in the station theatre a motion picture was shown illustrating the evacuation of a building by the chute method.

Wednesday, October 12: In the morning, Kenneth Weaver, Instructor in the State Fire School and Yakima Fire Marshal, delivered a thirty minute lecture on “Fire Prevention as Applied to Hospitals” over the station radio. In the afternoon he repeated the same lecture to personnel in the station theatre, following a twelve minute picture “More Dangerous Than Dynamite.” Still later that day, the fire department demonstrated the method of evacuating persons from the fourth floor of the hospital building No. 86.

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Hospital Fire Prevention

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Evening showings of motion pictures were conducted for Dayton and Walla Walla hospital patients and hospital personnel.

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