Leadership

THE FIRE CONVENTION ATTENDANCE.

Issue 4 and Volume 33.

THE FIRE CONVENTION ATTENDANCE. Last week we printed the opinion of Secretary Henry A. Hills as to the cause of the small attendances at the conventions of the International Association of Fire Engineers. In this opinion he agrees with us, that the primary cause is the long distances between the places where the annual meetings are held. This prevents chiefs of small departments, who have to pay their own expenses, from being present. They cannot afford the cost of a long trip, hence, the association loses many valuable members on this account. Another reason is politics. A great many chiefs, again, especially of small places, are elected every year, and they cannot be absent when there is likely to be opposition to their re-election. The fact, too, of a chief being away at a convention and of a fire occurring during his absence might be used as an argument against…

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