08/25/12 75 W - + 9 - 3 Vintage Film: Fire and Police in Dearborn, MI

From a reader, here's a nifty short film from 1947 depicting fire and police services in Dearborn, Michigan. There's plenty to enjoy in this footage, from old-school artificial respiration to pompier ladder play. How 'bout those water tower nozzles getting polished in the station? And a pretty dramatic wall collapse caught on film. Can also be viewed on the local A/V Geeks site. Thanks Chad!

Really enjoyed the old time news reel about the Dearborn, Michigan Fire Department. I was very surprised to see the news reel clip of the very big fire with collapsing walls and firemen running. That film was taken of a Camden, New Jersey fire at the famous R. M. Hollingshead Building. They were the maker of Whiz Chemical Products. This fire was on July 30, 1940. This was one of Camden’s largest fires of the era, bringing fire departments from Atlantic City and multiple alarm assignment from Philadelphia Pa.This fire spread to numerous nearby dwellings leaving over 400 people homeless. One Camden firefighter was killed during this fire.
I am enclosing two photographs of the fire from our History Book. No I didn’t take the photos, I was three years old at that time.
Bob Bartosz, Camden City NJ Fire Department Photographer, Retired
Bob Bartosz (Email) - 08/25/12 - 17:09

I found it interesting on the technology of the fire service now compared to 1940’s, from the comment of “there is very little book work in this school (probationary firefighters) the emphasis is leaning by doing”. Through hands-on still is a large part, book learning is a lot more than back then.
2redline - 08/25/12 - 22:20

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