Fire fighting, the front line of civil defense

Tuesday, October 03, 1950

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

8th in the series.

Commissioner Wallander talks to Fire Commissioner Frank J. Quayle about fire fighting in New York City. Surveys show that the present peace time strength is sufficient to protect the city during normal times, though they are far below those required for war time. Recruitment of members for the Fire Auxiliary Corps; women are eligible to join the communications department. Water supply for fighting fires.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71806
Municipal archives id: LT1797

Hosted by:

Arthur W. Wallander


Frank J. Quayle


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About Report on Civil Defense

From public welfare to firefighting to water safety, this program updates the public about disaster preparedness.

From 1950 to 1952, Arthur J. Wallander, Civil Defense Director for New York City, interviewed the heads of city departments about the steps their departments had taken to meet the needs of the city's civil defense system.

These programs provide an interesting vantage point on beliefs and fears about what many assumed were imminent attacks.  While providing exhaustive details about the municipal systems, they also ask the implicit question, what is your plan in the case of nuclear attack? 


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