Sharp, Hershel 1970-06-12

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Hershel Sharp, Lubbock Fire Chief in 1970, discusses the tornado of May 11, 1970, the role of the fire department in that disaster, and the incorporation of new ideas stemming from the tornado into the department's projected plans.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Hershel Sharp

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 12, 1970

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Stan Valcik

Length: 1 hour 5 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Identifies physical location prior to severe weather, Highlights actions and conditions prior to tornado, Assigned emergency functions given, Presents severe weather routine, Calls to fire department from public mentioned, Describes the actual moment the tornado hit, Sounding of siren discussed, Relates destruction of Central fire station, Loss of communication power reported, Gives count of work force reporting for duty, Search and rescue function explained, Set-up of communication relays reviewed, Aid given to Country Club area.

Tape 1, Side 2: Comments on ambulance service, Lack of fires mentioned, Reports set-up of duty shifts, Talks about plotting of damage, Assistance from National Guard and outside sources, Loss of water power related, Various incidents involving fire department reported, Work of student rookies discussed, Mentions volunteer rescue unit from Houston, Aid from Salvation Army described, Comments on personal emergency schedule, Possible improvements suggested.

Tape 2, Side 1: Incorporation of emergency suggestions in projected fire department plans discussed.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1970

Bulk Dates: 1970

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