Firestone has one of the fin est safety records in the indus trial world—an achievement that each employee can look upon with pride. It is well to remem ber,, that records like this aren’t made in a day, neith er will they survive a moment of tragic carelessness. T1re$tone NEWS GASTONIA You can enjoy the Voice of Firestone on either radio or tele vision .every Monday night at 7:30 over the NBC network. It is rated with the nation’s top entertainment programs. VOLUME I GASTONIA, N. C., JULY 5, 1952 NO. 5 first shift fire brigade: Front row, left to right, G. V. Tindall, Jones, Rufus Hughes, and Joe Burris. Second Row, E. G. Bul- Joe Champion, Leon Kistler, and Howard Moore. Standing, left I’ight, Assistant Chief Cramer Little, Ed Foy, J. E. Fletcher, and ^ W. G. Henson. Fire Brigademen Drill Twice Monthly To Keep Up Fire Fighting Effeciency ^iStanding ready to fight fires on Wh ^ ^ groups of employees otdinarily are considered fix- doffers, weavers, and shop fir^' fsound of a e a arm are quickly transformed ? trained fire brigade, inp- f has a special mean- <^ach 20 employes on pQ Firestone Textiles, jobs ^ signal to leave their hands and quickly thev ^ brigade. During a fire ^iplind^^ real fire fighters—dis- the ’ ^^^ained, and equipped in professional fire usinJ^ ®®sential that a large plant materials in pro- Perso^^ among its employees, milia^^ ai’e thoroughly fa- the plant’s fire fight ing equipment and who are immed iately available to combat fires anywhere in the plant. The three fire brigades were established at Firestone Textiles, therefore, as a practical necessity. * Sf =i! Fire Brigades at Firestone are made up of an assistant chief, a captain, and 15 or more fire fight ers, each having a specific respon sibility or post of duty during a fire. While actively engaged in fire fighting or fire drilling they come under the direction of Fire Brigade Chief W. G. Henson or First Shift Assistant Chief Cramer Little. Drills are held twice monthly to maintain the proficiency of brigade members. These drills take place Continued on Page Two— Cl: •ysiv first annual R. L. Sanborn Award Trophy was presented Troop 20 in a ceremony held recently at the West Avenue Church, sponsor of the troop. Left to right, are Super- ^ Francis Galligan, who made the presentation; Rev. W. C. ’ Pastor of the church; and Bruce Sanborn, Scoutmaster of the tile troop, and son of the late R. L, Sanborn in whose memory ^^rd'was established, at 20 received the award as a result of its scoring highest ® May 17 Firestone Jamboree for community Boy Scout Troops. New Gaston Technical Institute To Offer Training In Four Textile - Related Fields FIRST student—Gordon Clary of Lowell is the first applicant for admission to the new Gaston Technical Institute. Extending a welcoming hand is James I. Mason, director of the Institute. C. C. Dawson, right, is chairman of the local advisory board which spon sored the founding of the new school in Gastonia. Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., Receives Liberia's Highest Honor For Service Highest honor of the Republic of Liberia, West Africa, was con ferred upon Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., Chairman of The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, in recog nition of the “salutary and bene ficial effect” which the Firestone development in Liberia had upon the life of the country. In presenting the Grand Band of the Order of the Star of Africa in the African Republic Embassy in Washington, D. C., Liberian Am bassador C. L. Simpson said that the Firestone Company’s activities in Liberia “actually marked the beginning of genuine American interest in the natural resources of Liberia, and it also revolution ized its internal economy for which the government and people of Li beria are most grateful.” Upon receiving the honor, Mr. Firestone, Jr., said, “to me it sym- Bartlett Honored At Luncheon ROBERT A. BARTLETT, gen eral accountant, was entertained at the Girls’ Club at a luncheon on Monday, June 30 — the date of his retirement under the Fire stone Retirement Program. Mr. Bartlett is the first salaried em ployee at Firestone Textiles to re tire under the provisions of this program. Attending the luncheon were his friends and associates from main office and plant. As a token of esteem he was presented a leather two-suiter travel bag. bolizes the mutual respect and the high esteem which have character ized our joint endeavor for more than a quarter of a century.” The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company was the first American organization to go into Liberia, be ginning its development of rubber plantations in 1926. The Liberian Ambassador also praised the establishment of The Liberian Institute of the Amer- —Continued on Page Two- THE Gaston Technical Institute at 510 West Airline Avenue in Gastonia will open its doors to stu dents for the first time on Sep tember 22. The Institute, operated by the Extension Department of North Carolina State College, offers high school graduates one-year technical courses in Internal Combustion En gines, Building Construction Tech nology, Electrical Technology, and Textile Technology. The Institute will be able to confer certificates from State College to the pupil when he successfully completes his one year of work. =i: H: ACCORDING to latest statistics, a concern needs five technicians for every engineer it employs. This section of the state is growing in dustrially and technicians are in demand. The textile industry is urgently in need of technicians with the “know how” of engineer ing practices. The Institute offers intensive one-year courses in the four specific technological fields listed above instead of a general knowledge of the entire engineer ing field as is done in a four year college. The curricula are essentially technological in nature, based upon principles of science beyond high school. During the first term from September 22, to December 16, all students will take the same course: Engineering Drawing, Al gebra, Physics, Internal Combus tion Engines, Electricity (Direct Current), Oxyacetylene Welding and English (Grammar and Com position). During the second and -Continued on Page Two- MUSICAL TALENT was displayed by these boys and girls at a recital recently at the Main Street Methodist Church. In the front row are Minerva Chandler (left), daughter of M. A. Chandler, speeder tender; and Barbara Kilpatrick, daughter of Weaver H. c! Kilpatrick. In the back row (from left) are Tommy Ipock, son of t! B. Ipock, Jr., Director of Industrial Relations; Aaron Hicks, son of Speeder Tender T. L. Hicks; Brenda Hogan, daughter of Shop Em ployee Floyd Hogan; and Betty Ann McAbee, daughter of Safety Director L. B. McAbee.

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