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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 54, Number 3 (Nov. 1952)

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         Fire College
       (continued from page 22)
 room sessions, all of which were held
 in the Mechanical Engineering build-
 ing. The firemen fared better than many
 institute students, who are apt to find
 themselves in quonset buildings until
 the Wisconsin Center comes along to
 house them. The firemen's lecture room
 was even air conditioned. The "No
 Smoking" sign was up, by the way,
 and this prompted one observation that
 such a regulation was rather like car-
 rying coals to Newcastle.
   Our classroom sessions were supple-
 mented each afternoon by a series of
 demonstrations outdoors and inside the
 Stock Pavilion. Split into four sections,
 we watched    "evolutions" in ladder
 work by the New Glarus volunteer de-
 partment, hose laying demonstrations
 by the Mt. Horeb department, a demon-
 stration of various types of fire extin-
 guishers, and a session on salvage of
 effects in burning buildings. One night
 the Oregon fire department came to
 town to act as the faculty in a demon-
 stration of the three sources of water.
 (These, incidentally, are hydrants, mo-
 bile units including the trucks them-
 selves, and pools, tanks or streams at
 the fire scene.) The last demonstration
           NEXT MONTH
 An Adventure in World Understanding
 took place at Truax Field, where the
 use of chemical extinguishers in put-
 ting out oil fires was spectacularly dem-
 onstrated, and where many of us got
 our first close-up acquaintance with the
 mysteries of jet planes.
   In many of t h e demonstrations,
equipment from the Madison Fire De-
partment was used, this fact emphasiz-
ing the cooperation between the Madi-
son department, its chief, Edward Page,
and the University in conducting the
school. Capt. Jack Boyle of the Madison
department had been detached from
regular duty to assist Lichty, and proved
invaluable in keeping the program run-
ning smoothly.
  The firemen got another break in
having the basic staff of the Fire Col-
lege on hand throughout the session.
This, of course, enabled the firemen to
get better acquainted with the experts
and to receive informed answers to
questions that were presented e a c h
morning in question-and-answer pe-
riods. The staff was not only good-
it was cheap. Only two of the 16 staff
members received any compensation for
their efforts-and this was in the form
of expense money.
   No matter was too trivial to discuss,
 it seemed, and this was a source of
 satisfaction to a know-nothing  like
 myself. On the other hand, what some-
 times seemed like trivialities proved to
 be otherwise. Take climbing a ladder,
 for instance. How should one use his
 hands? Well, if you've got a load-a
 beautiful, distressed damsel, let us say
 -it's easiest to grasp the beam so you
 only have to use one hand in climbing.
 But with two hands it's safer, and
 there's less danger of splinters,, if the
 rungs are used. I gathered, though,
 that there may be differences of opin-
 ion on this matter within the ranks of
 the firemen themselves.     -
   After the last fire had been put out
 at Truax Field, and riding northward
 with the Rice Lake fire department
 chief, one of his firemen, and Becker,
 I had the opportunity to sound them
 out for a few reactions to the Fire
   Had they gotten much out of the
course, and was it worthwhile driving
across the state to attend?
   "You bet," was the reply. "That lec-
 ture on tricks of the trade by Fetters
 was worth the price of admission all
 by itself. But just about every part of
 the program gave us a new slant on
 one thing or another." J. I. Fetters is
 a former fireman now with the Uni-
 versity of Missouri Extension.
 . They liked the idea of a series of
 regional conferences getting underway
 this fall to bring the Fire College- to
 even more state firemen. They did
 agree there was some room for im-
 provement in the College curriculum
 and were generally unimpressed by
 only one phase of the program-a lec-
 ture on civil defense in which the
 speaker had a difficult time posing the
 problem to an audience predominantly
 small-town in background.
   Otherwise, everything was fine. Even
the food.
   "Usually when you've got a hundred
or so men eating together," the Rice
Lake chief said, "you're going to hear
some griping. But I didn't hear one
complaint about that Kronshage food.
The same goes for the rooms in Swen-
son hall."
  Their plans regarding future sessions
of the 13W Fire College? That question
was answered when I took leave of the
northland smoke-eaters, and they all
  "See you next year!"              nU
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   GENEVA SUMMER. By, Elisabeth
   Hamilton Friermood, '39. (Double-
   day. Price: $2.50.)
   Primarily a romance for y o u n g
 people, Geneva Summer has as its back-
 ground the College Camp on Lake
 Geneva, Wis., and should have special
 attraction for the many people who have
 worked or vacationed at this camp. In
 the short novel, Mrs. Friermood tells
 about Priscilla Patton, a "University"
 girl who undergoes treatment for dis-
 illusion in love during the course of
 her employment as a waitress.
   Pathways to Public Favor. By Scott
   Cutlip and Allen H. Center. (Pren-
   tice-Hall, Inc., N. Y. Price:. $5.25.)
   This new book by Prof. Cutlip, who
 directs public relations courses at the
 UW, and Center, PR director for the
 Parker Pen Co., combines the approach
 of an educator and a businessman who
 have had experience in all PR fields.
 As such, the book details both theory
 and present-day techniques and their
 application in 10 major fields. The
 treatment of public relations in the
 armed forces, government, -and educa-
 tional institutions is exceptionally well-
   White Collar Crime. By Marshall B.
   Clinard (Rinehart & Co., N.Y.
   Price: $5.00.)
   "This is not a story of one of the
more pleasant aspects of American
life," U. W. Sociology Professor Clinard
declares in this book's preface. But dur-
ing World War II it affected everyone,
from the housewife to the soldier in
the field, and this interesting study
points out how it constituted a leading
internal threat to the successful conclu-
sion of the war effort. Clinard doesn't
report on each of the more than a mil-
lion cases of black market violations
dealt with by the government, but does
analyze the forces which produced the
situation and suggests necessary im-
provements which might help prevent
its recurrence in a continued cold war
or in the event of open hostilities.

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