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Training Exercises and Fire Scenes

Dallas Firefighters Museum

Silent | 1960s

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  •  Firefighters hose down a fire at the North American Aviation “B” Plant in Dallas. In 1948 - 1949, Chance Vought relocated its operations from Stratford, Connecticut, to Dallas, Texas, moving into the wartime North American "B" Plant. The move was the largest industrial relocation to date, involving the transfer of over 13,000 tons of equipment and 1,300 employees over the course of 14 months.  
  •  An officer coats a pile of wooden crates with something resembling oil or gas 
  •  Members of the US Navy, Dallas Police Department, and other federal agencies watch as men extinguish a fire. These men wear white suits with the letter K on the back. Do you know what this tag is? Let us know at info@texasarchive.org. 
  •  Firefighters spray water into a burning building 
  •  A worker from Overhead Door Company, which specializes in garage door services and repairs, assists the firefighters 
  •  A man, possibly a firefighter overcome with smoke inhalation, lies on the ground 
  •  First responders jot down notes from the scene 
  •  Two firefighters carry an unknown device 
  •  Jeff K. Budjenska, a Captain with the Richardson Fire Department, who began his career in the Marines, then the Navy, and then as a deputy Sheriff under Bill Decker 
  •  Water rushes down front steps 
  •  Two firefighters grab coffees at the Salvation Army truck 
  •  Dallas County Rescue Service truck 
  •  Dallas Emergency Corps 
  •  Mountains of debris 
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This film begins with firefighting training exercises at the North American Aviation “B” plant in Dallas. Members of the US Navy and Dallas Police Department watch as men extinguish different types of fires using various methods, including foam. The second half of the film shows a large fire in a brick building, possibly in Richardson. Firefighters hose down the building, grab coffee at the Salvation Army truck, and take breaks to recover from smoke inhalation.
The Dallas Firefighters Museum’s film collection captures a variety of activities performed by the Dallas Firefighters.  While a few films focus on fire fighting and training, most feature community events such as the fair, toy repair, pump races, and even a Miss Flame pageant.
The Dallas Firefighter's Museum is housed in one of the city's oldest fire stations; the building served as a working fire station from the time it was built in 1907 until 1975, when the museum took over. The museum aims to preserve the rich history of the Dallas Fire Department through exhibits and educational experiences. The museum’s primary goal is to teach fire safety to children and widen its outreach to the Dallas community. Visit their website at http://www.dallasfiremuseum.com.