discharge of his duties. The Fire Prevention Division works constantly to obtain public cooperation by special emphasis upon particular occasions such as Clean-up Week in the spring and Fire Prevention Week in October.
Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week, always the week including October 9, is the high point of the fire prevention publicity campaign and has been observed in various manners during the past twenty years. This work has centered around the schools, with playlets, essays, lectures, movies, contests and instruction in fire prevention being used. Text books for instruction have been prepared by the Fire Prevention Bureau for both the grade and high schools. Pamphlets, with cuts illustrating forty-eight possible fire risks around the home, have been distributed among school children, with a printed form whereon the children can list hazards which they have eliminated from their homes after reading the leaflet.
Merit badges have been awarded to over 11,000 Boy Scouts for completing a special
possession among the smaller children. These were awarded at their local fire station and answered ten test fire prevention
when the questions
A high school fire prevention oratorical contest is another feature of the Fire Prevention
Week. This takes form in all first place winners.
a preliminary contest in each Cash awards are given in
school and a final contest among
originating in 1926, were continued until 1932. Chamber of Commerce cooperated with the Fire The winner in 1928, Ralph McCullough, Franklin
Last year (1937) the Portland Junior Prevention Division in reviving them. High School, was sent to Philadelphia
Fire Chiefs. cities for the
Subsequently, the Fire details and plans of the
Prevention Division received requests from many contest. Fire prevention poster contests among the
school children are featured school, submit entries in at Association (68).
in the spring. Local winners contest sponsored nationally
in each division, grade and high by the National Fire Protection
The Fire Prevention Division employs many means for directing the attention of adults towards fire prevention week. During that week, and at any other time during the year, the division supplies speakers for luncheons or meetings to discuss fire prevention. The fire prevention parade, planned to be interesting and instructive is always a high spot of
the week. evolution of
The ancient fire equipment usually passes in the fire department from Roman times to modern
review. was the
At one time the theme. In addition
to newspaper articles, printed pamphlets, radio programs and concerts, many ingenious stunts, contests, and exhibitions which
Fire Department band will amuse and instruct
the public have been devised. Among them a O’Leary’s cow, was conducted in a roped-off contests among the firemen, turn-out races
milking contest, further immortalizing Mrs. section on a principal street. Log chopping demonstrating how quickly a fireman can
scuttle out exhibition
of bed at the sound drills from tops of
of a fire alarm; water office buildings and
fights, hose cart races, life net drills, fire hazard demonstrations, all have