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Walt Disney First Honorary Chief LA County Fire Department

Walt Disney has been appointed the  first honorary chief of the Los Angeles  County Junior Fire Department, a program encompassing 125 schools in the  country's unincorporated area and embracing approximately 25,000 students  in the fifth and sixth grades.

The honor was accorded Mr. Disney  at the Disneyland Park Fire Department  headquarters by Los Angeles County Fire  Chief Keith E. Klinger. In making the  presentation Chief Klinger said, "Mr. Disney for many years has made invaluable  contributions in the field of fire prevention, both in our homes and in our forests. Through his many media he has  conveyed the important message of fire  prevention to millions of children and  adults.

"This fire prevention information has  always been of the highest caliber  reflecting credit not only on the Disney  organization but on the entire fire service as a whole.'

Chief Klinger added that the fire prevention message was greatly enhanced  this fall when a series of three 15-minute  segments, "Rookie Firemen," were presented on Disney's Mickey Mouse Club  over the ABC-TV network. The filmed  series was made in cooperation with the  Los Angeles County Fire Department and  depicts Mouseketeers participating in actual fire training as performed by rookie  firemen in the department. First of the  series was presented October 17 and the  second segment October 31.

In accepting the award, Mr. Disney  thanked Chief Klinger for the honor and  expressed the hope that he and his organization in some small way could help  to reduce the appalling yearly loss of over  12,000 lives caused by fire. Of particular concern, Mr. Disney said, was the  fact that over 4,000 of this total were  children. 



Source type Magazine
Volume 109.12
Language en
Document type Feature
Media type text
Page count 2
Pages pp. 1177-1178


Id 6146
Availability Free
Inserted 2021-06-22