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Ray Jelinek Collection, no.1 - Houston Fire Department Presents - Incendiary Bombing and Fire Defense School

Jan Valentine

Silent | 1940s

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  •  Title Card: Houston Fire Department Presents 
  •  Title Card: Incendiary Bombing and Fire Defense School 
  •  Title Card: With world conditions as they are today, it is our duty to organize and equip ourselves now... To meet any emergency with these things in mind... We offer all citizens the opportunity to avail themselves of the facilities of this school... We welcome you.  Sincerely, Frank E. Mann 
  •  Title Card: This picture dedicated to the people of Houston with the hope that they will never have to use any of the following information 
  •  Title Card: Off to New York for War Gas and Bombing Instructions 
  •  Names of Firefighters who appear in this film: Commissioner Frank E. Mann, District Chief D.W. Heath, Captain H.L. Mathews, Captain F.E. Jaynes, Lieutenant J.P. Clooney, and Theo Felds 
  •  Firefighters boarding plane to New York 
  •  Views from airplane 
  •  Fire College in New York 
  •  Men looking at fire fighting boat 
  •  Title Card: Comm. Mann Opens Fire Defense School 
  •  Comm. Mann giving opening speech at Fire School 
  •  Title Card: Lieutenant Clooney lectures on bombs 
  •  Lieutenant Clooney lecturing on bombs to (possibly) servicemen 
  •  Title Card: The Thermite Bomb 
  •  Demonstration of Thermite Bomb 
  •  Title Card: Oil Bomb 
  •  Showing and talking about oil bombs 
  •  Title Card: The Calling Card 
  •  Talking about and demonstrating 'The Calling Card' 
  •  Title Card: Liquid Fire 
  •  Demonstrating Liquid Fire 
  •  Title Card: War Gas 
  •  Discussing mustard gas and treatment 
  •  Title Card: Gas Mask Instructions 
  •  Giving Gas Mask Instructions 
  •  Demonstration of gas masks in gas chamber 
  •  Title Card: Women's City Club Attends School 
  •  Women's City Club attends fire school 
  •  Women trying on gas masks 
  •  Men coming out of building on fire truck 
  •  Women coming out of building on fire truck 
  •  Man in fire suit demonstrating a rescue  
 
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This film features six members of the Houston Fire Department – Commissioner Frank E. Mann, District Chief D.W. Heath, Captain H.L. Mathews, Captain F.E. Jaynes, Lieutenant J.P. Clooney, and Theo Felds – leading classes at a conference in New York City. Along with standard fire rescue techniques,lessons appear to include a lecture on incendiary bombs complete with demonstrations (explosions in the classroom!) and a simulated exercise on coping with exposure to various war gasses. Classes are attended by men in uniform as well as the Women's City Club.

The films of the Ray Jelinek Collection were rescued from a flooded trailer in Galveston after Hurricane Ike. They were donated by Jan Valentine and are permanently housed in the archives at the Alfred R. Neumann Library, University of Houston - Clear Lake.