8 , 1942
DEFENSE CLASS SEES MOVIES
second meeting of the home defense course was held Monday
in the auditorium of Saint Augustine’s school,
with N. Richard Hyman, of the Mamaroneck Air Raid Observation
Post, in charge.
moving pictures were shown, one demonstrating the disastrous
results of negligence in observing blackout rules, the
other revealing methods for control of incendiary bombs.
pictures were followed by talks by Fire Chief Alexis
B Cuneen and Dr. Francis Murphy. Chief Cuneen based
his advice on that issued by the Army bulletins as well
as from his own experience.
Army,” he said, “has designated the local
fire departments as solely responsible for coping with
fires occurring as the result of an air raid.”
He pointed out that with the large number of fires which
might start with an air raid it would be an impossible
task for the fire department to handle unless the public
cooperates fully. Menbers of each household must do
all they can to control incendiary bombs, he said, adding
proper treatment can retard the fire caused by such
bombs. Chief Cuneen gave instructions on how to protect
the home. He urged that attics be put in order, lined
with wallboard, the floors sanded, and if possible boxed
with chicken wire.
gave explicit plans for controlling incendiary bombs,
preferably by a course spray of water. In the event
the water supply fails the use of dry sand is expedient.
He suggested that each house have on hand a stirrup
pomp, a small axe, gloves, goggles, a long-handled shovel,
a garden hose long enough to reach into the attic, and
available pails. He demonstrated how taping or boarding
windows will greatly cut down the danger of flying shattered
glass. In conclusion, he advised the public to prepare
a place of shelter in the basement, but not to forget
that during a raid is essential to make frequent inspections
of the attic.
Murphy gave general rules about the care of contusions,
fractures, and lacerations to be employed by the layman
until proper medical care is available.
the conclusion of the meeting Chief Cuneen invited the
class to witness a demonstration in front of the fire
house. Here, magnesium was ignited and a demonstration
given of the proper spray of water to be used to control
third meeting of the home defense course will be held
Monday night. The place of meeting will be announced
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