The annual Conventions of Firemen are led off this year by the gathering of the Northwestern Ohio Association at Defiance, on April 30, followed by the Convention of the Michigan State Firemen’s Association at Jackson, Mich., on the 1st and 2d of May. We present in this number of the JOURNAL full reports of the proceedings of both these Conventions, prepared by our special correspondent, who was present at both. These reports outline the business which occupied the attention of the eminent Firemen who were in attendance, and will be found of interest to all who have the welfare of the Service at heart.
The Michigan Association especially seemed in earnest in all it did, having for its aim the diffusion of knowledge among its members, and the ambition to dignify their profession. Several interesting and highly valuable papers on subjects relating to the Fire Service were read, each of which shows much study and thought. These essays we shall print in full in the JOURNAL in succeeding issues. We commend them in advance of publication to the careful perusal of our .readers. If the Ohio Convention lacked this feature of carefully prepared essays, the character of its proceedings was interesting, and of a nature calculated to prove highly beneficial to the Departments which participated in them.
Both these Conventions did the JOURNAL the honor to designate it as their official organ for the promulgation of matters of interest to Firemen. For this kindness we return sincere thanks. It is the business of the JOURNAL to print all news relating to the Fire Service, and we are only too happy when we can obtain it in an authoritative and official form. For the flattering manner in which the JOURNAL and its representative were received at both these gatherings of Firemen, we are under great obligation.
THE London Firemen who are instrumental in saving life at fires are honorably mentioned by name in the annual report of the Chief of the Department. Last year seven Firemen are thus credited with saving seventeen lives, one of them having rescued eight persons. During the year 1877 there were eighty-eight fires at which life was imperilled, and twenty-four in which life was lost. The number of persons whose lives were in danger was 165, of whom 136 were saved and twenty-nine lost their lives; of the twenty-nine lost, fourteen were taken out alive but died in hospital, while fifteen were suffocated or burned. This practice of giving the Firemen public credit for their heroic deeds is one that should be generally copied in this country.