West Virginia Chiefs Hold Short Course
Nearly the entire state of West Virginia and sections of western Pennsylvania were represented at the third annual fire service extension school held at the University of West Virginia, Morgantown, July 24-7.
Fred B. Watkins, Fire Marshal, spoke on “Suppression of Arson.” Chief “Smoky Joe” Rogers gave a talk on “Selling the Fire Department to the Public.” Chief Edward Green, of Steubenville, Ohio, told of the fire school work in Ohio.
In the afternoon, the men were trained in drills and evolutions at the drill tower. The men were divided into groups according to the number of fire schools they had attended.
The second day of the school, C. B. Chemist. AmericanLaFrance and Eoamite Industries. Elmira, N. V., spoke on “Modern Methods of Fighting Fires With Chemicals.” George Riggs, Mine Safety Appliance Company, Pittsburgh, Pa., explained, “The Use of Gas Masks in Smoke Fires.” Dr. David J. Price, U. S. Department of Agriculture, spoke on dust explosions and exhibited two reels of motion pictures.
At the third day of the school, Chief J. W. Just, Western Actuarial Bureau, Chicago, spoke on “Salvage.” Chief E. A. McGranahan, Wheeling, was in charge of a round table discussion on “Ventilation.” William S. Rathbun, Engineer, National Board of Fire Underwriters, gave a demonstration of fire hazards.
Eighty-eight of the 203 firemen who had registered for the course were presented certificates for attendance and proficiency, at the final session which ended with a competitive drill.