Wednesday, April 25, 1951
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Bill Leonard hosts a two part episode, the first relates to the state of New York, the second deals with New York City particularly.
Questions and answers related to fire fighting during an atomic attack with fire chief B. R. Townsend. Questions from listeners include one related to the difference between the volunteer firefighting unity and the auxiliary unit.
Next, someone wonders why it is necessary to turn off the oil burner when a red alert is sounded. Pilot lights, however, are to be left on, because of the danger of gas leaks. Another listener wonders if there is any danger related to the ignition of his car.
A dairy farmer writes to ask if there are any publications regarding firefighting to protect livestock. Townsend does not believe there are. He does state that the same basic rules apply.
He makes other general recommendations to protect one's family against fire - ridding the house of hazards and learning how to use home firefighting apparatus.
In part two, Fire Commissioner George C. Monaghan discusses firefighting during an atomic attack. He gives some particular statistics on the causes of deaths following the atomic bomb drops on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 50-60% resulted from concussion, 20-30% from fire, and 10-15% from atomic radiation.
Citizens should send in alarms in the event of a fire following an attack, but only after they have tried to cope with the situation themselves. In the event of a fire during a raid, when the house's inhabitants have sought shelter in the basement, one should fight the fire, because the last impact of the atomic radiation is only 30-60 seconds, but the threat of the fire remains.
Monaghan also answers questions related to volunteer firefighters. Women may volunteer as phone operators.
A woman in the Bronx wonders about decreased water supplies following an attack, the Commissioner reassures her that alternate water sources have been identified.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71587
Municipal archives id: LT1821