Zone School Opens at Poughkeepsie, N. Y.
The annual New York Zone Fire School at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., began its 1933 session the second week in May and will continue for the following ten weeks. Twenty-nine volunteer Fire Departments are sending a total of 450 men this year, and there are forty-five paid firemen, plus three fire instructors from Kingston and three from Newburgh, who are taking the course during the daytime. In addition, twenty-three volunteer Fire Chiefs are attending the School. Instructors include Captain Otto Dietz, Firemen Fred Weber and William Shelly, assisted by approved members of the Poughkeepsie Fire Department under the leadership of Chief Chris W. Noll.
Changes have been made in the evolutions to make the school more interesting. Classes begin at 7 p.m. each evening with an outside drill, followed by lectures and chalk talks indoors after dark. Each member must attend one weekly drill to be eligible to take the final examination. Arrangements have been made for outside speakers, who will demonstrate with experimental apparatus the chemistry of fire, the latest ideas in first aid work, and the more improved methods of fire fighting. A number of men are coming regularly a distance of over fifty miles to their respective drills.