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Raleigh Fire Department training photos from 1976. First photo, Norfleet Jones jumping from the second story of the old drill tower. Holding the net, clockwise from top: Oris Baker, A. L. Perry, R. J. Bullock, W. P. Raynor, Joe Ware, Willie Walter, Tommy Best, Danny Thorton. Normally ten men hold the net. Second photo, Willie Walter sprays water, at 500 gallons-per-minute and 100 pounds of nozzle pressure. See more photos. Third photo, Halbert Howard after wading through foam inside the smokehouse. Fourth photo, T. C. Finch inside the smokehouse. See still more photos. Information from Raleigh Towne Today, May 1976. Article titled "Thrills and Drills Pay Firemen's Bills." Photos courtesy Raleigh Public Affairs. Click to enlarge photos:


Additional text: "All firemen are required to go to the fire tower every fourth day for a 3-hour practice drill. They lay lines (hoses) and practice mock-up fires as if they were in the actual situation. [About the life net,] the men holding the net learn to absorb the impact in their arms, rather than in their back. The body must be in the right position to land comfortably on the canvas net. Scott air packs, or breathing apparatus, protects firemens' lungs when smoke and dangerous chemicals are present during a fire. The foam generator shoots a detergent concentrate into the smokehouse at 55,000 gallons perminute. This detergent, which cost $7 a gallon makes 37,000 gallons of foam when mixed with air. The foam becomes dryer when more air is added to the mixture. It is used on oil fires, or in buildings where the fire is hard to reach. This semi-wet liquid causes little damage to its surroundings."

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