Audio Recording George Larrimer interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, 2012-08-01.

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[ Photograph of the wheelhouse of the M/V FARNSWORTH, which was remodeled by Assistant Chief George Larrimer, who is also pictured in the photograph, 2012-08-01 ]
[ Photograph of steering wheel of the M/V Farnsworth, an example of maritime art work created by Assistant Chief George Larrimer, who remodeled the boats wheelhouse, 2012-08-01 ]

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Title
George Larrimer interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, 2012-08-01.
Summary
George Larrimer worked the port of Houston for almost 40 years. He started his career in the U.S. Coast Guard. In the mid-1970s he joined the Marine Fire Dept (MFD). He describes the evolution of fire fighting practices at the Port of Houston, the day-to-day operations of the MFD, the first fire and accidents at the Port of Houston, his career trajectory in the MFD, as well as personal hobbies including woodworking inspired by his childhood experiences and work in the maritime industry.
Contributor Names
Larrimer, George, 1948- interviewee.
Potoczniak, Anthony, interviewer.
Occupational Folklife Project, sponsor.
Created / Published
2012-08-01.
Subject Headings
-  Larrimer, George,--1948---Interviews
-  Fire fighters--Texas--Houston Ship Channel--Interviews
-  Ships--Fires and fire prevention--Texas--Houston Ship Channel
-  Fireboats--Texas--Houston Ship Channel
-  Fire extinction--Texas--Houston Ship Channel
-  Fire departments--Texas--Houston Ship Channel
-  Fire stations--Texas--Houston Ship Channel
-  Woodwork
-  Coastal surveillance--Texas--Houston Ship Channel
-  Occupations--Texas
-  Houston Ship Channel (Tex.)
-  Houston (Tex.)--event place
Genre
Digital photographs--Color--2010-2020
Interviews (Sound recordings)
Interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  Recorded at the Old River Station, Channelview, Texas, Houston, Texas, August 1, 2012.
-  Working the port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/006: 00331) Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
-  George Larrimer; born on November 26, 1948 in Jefferson City, Missouri, is an assistant chief, marine firefighter at the Port Authority Marine Fire Department at the Port of Houston.
-  To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.
-  Interviewer's note: A recurring theme throughout the conversation with Assistant Chief George Larrimer was the systematic process of professionalizing the marine fire department [MFD]. The assistant chief recounts this transformational period during his 30+ year tenure at the Port of Houston (minutes 5 - 10), which is punctuated throughout the interview with stories about accidents and events involving the MFD. Larrimer contrasts different earlier approaches to fighting fires with the present: the prevailing philosophy in fire fighting in the 1970s was to "put the wet stuff on the red stuff," or "the solution to pollution was dilution." New firefighting techniques and practices were adopted and often guided by a sensitivity to the environment, which reflected an overall cultural shift at the Port of Houston of being a good steward of the Houston Ship Channel during this time. By offering additional training and certification to its firefighters, the MFD also increased its service capacity to fight different types of fires, such as chemical fires. Assistant Chief Larrimer also embodies the marine firefighting culture by finding creative ways to improve the work environment. For example, he and his colleagues renovated the wheel house of the oldest fireboat in the fleet (the Farnsworth), reconfiguring its instruments and controls to be more ergonomic, and also adding a personal, craftsman's touch to the project that was inspired by his passion for maritime art.
-  In English.
Medium
1 sound file (WAV) (01:27) : digital, sound.
2 photographs : digital, JPEG files, color .
recording log 1 item (.pdf) : text files.
Source Collection
Working the port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 AFC 2012/006: 00331
Repository
Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.home
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afc2012006.afc2012006_00331
afc2012006.afc2012006_00331_ms01
afc2012006.afc2012006_00331_ph01
afc2012006.afc2012006_00331_ph02
Library of Congress Control Number
2016655458
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George Larrimer worked the port of Houston for almost 40 years. He started his career in the U.S. Coast Guard. In the mid-1970s he joined the Marine Fire Dept (MFD). He describes the evolution of fire fighting practices at the Port of Houston, the day-to-day operations of the MFD, the first fire and accidents at the Port of Houston, his career trajectory in the MFD, as well as personal hobbies including woodworking inspired by his childhood experiences and work in the maritime industry.
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Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/062), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Western Folklife Center Occupational Folklore Project: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/064), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

The "Big Top" Show Goes On: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/003), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Working the Port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/006), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/034), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Hairdresser and Beauty Shop Culture in America: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/035), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

 

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Larrimer, George, Interviewee, Anthony Potoczniak, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. George Larrimer interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, -08-01. -08-01, 2012. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2016655458/.

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Larrimer, G., Potoczniak, A. & Occupational Folklife Project, S. (2012) George Larrimer interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, -08-01. -08-01. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2016655458/.

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Larrimer, George, Interviewee, Anthony Potoczniak, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. George Larrimer interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, -08-01. -08-01, 2012. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2016655458/>.