The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 25, 1968 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, April 25, 1968
Page 3
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.Wythevlfle (Ark.) Courier News — Thursday, April 25, 1968 — Page Three, Osceola Fire Department Streamlining Operation By Gary Shipley Staff Writer The Osceola Fire Department recently launched a fire-fighting campaign, that would make even Smokey the Bear beam with pride. When completed, the program will utilize maps, charts and lists of important information to aid in analyzing fires. By using the equipment a radio dispatcher will be able to direct fire trucks to the scene and then provide,all necessary information to the men oh the job to aid them in extinguishing the fire. Chief Andy Fortner said the system works on an orderly arrangement of the maps and charts A master map will be on the wall in front of the radio dispatcher and will divide the city into sections of four blocks each,'he said. The dispatcher can then locate the fire in a particular section in seconds and then use the next piece of equipment, an easel with all the sections arranged on posterboard, one section on, each piece. Fortner said the sections oh the flip-chart (the easel) provide information essential 16 firemen on the job such'as: the course of the water mains, size nical we can determine exactly on eaeh main and how many to use a map of the building, of the mains, location of hydrants, the number of hydrants on each main and how many gallons of water per minute are available from each hydrant with a particular size hose. "Our information is so technical we can determine exactly how many gallons of water will i be necessary to extinguish a I fire," Fortner said. :The dispatcher's last Step is to use a map of the building. This is kept in a file by flip- chart section number and street number. "Filed with this map is .a form containing information about the building. "The form tells,the tvpe of construction, heating equipment, manner of rubbish* disposal, electrical wiring, appliances, location of electricity and gas shut-offs, location of flamma- fales, types and location of entrances. Even where the matches >re stored." * . » * How is the detailed information obtained? "We inspect each 'building and draw the map and fill out the form ourselves," Fortner said. Fireman 'Leo Schreick Jr said inspections are behind schedule because of a lack of time. He said Fortner arid whoever else is available does the inspecting. "The entire department is cooperating. One man even donated his day off to help," he said. "We have completed 10 buildings so far but it will take a lot of footwork to complete the job. Maybe we'll be finished by the end of this year," Schreick said. The program is moving' from plaining to final stages, according to Fortner. He said the system will be ready when the flip-chart is constructed and the building file is 'completed. "This will speed up our work and help us save more buildings from total destruction because what we do in the first five minutes usually determines i Quick Quiz £ Q - Which is the fastest animal on earth? A-^-The cheetah. Leaping from a position of rest, it can reach a speed of 45 miles per hour in two seconds. Timed by a stop whether we save or lose a building," he said. * • • * * To instruct his men in • the use of the new system, Fortner said the fire department has added a "pre-fire planning" program to its weekly school. He said classes are held each Monday night. Purpose,of the school is to tutor new firemen and keep fire-fighting practices of the department up to date. "We study manuals provided by the State Department of Education through the University of Oklahoma. These start on the basic subjects and proceed through advanced techniques and also provide instruction on updated practices," Fortner said. Fortner is school instructor and Schreick is going to school in Little Rock to obtain his certificate. To qualify, a fireman must attend the school once a year watch, it, has actually raced along at 70 miles per hour. Q — What is the subject of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture"? A — It celebrated the defeat of Napoleon in Russia and the completion, of the Temple of Christ in Moscow. ' ALL FIRED UP—Osceola Fu-e Chief Andy of maps, the fire department is In the pro- Fortner is spearheading a drive to update the cess of cataloging Hie entire city business dis- , city's firerfighting system. Utilizing'a series. \ 'Met. (Courier News Photo) PLANTS TOMATOES Big Boy, Rutgers, Break of Day, Earlina .-<.. Sweet, Banana &Hot .....;.. INDIVIDUALLY POTTED 124* .UP 1210 UP PEPPERS YARD PL ANTS CALADIUMS McADAMS GREENHOUSES 206 E. 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