AUGUSTA AND ATLANTA.
The chief engineers and their friends from the several fire departments of New York, New Jersey, and the Eastern states who will attend the International Association of Fire Chiefs at Augusta, Ga., on the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th of October have passed through New York this week en route for their destination. Their way to Augusta is partly by water and partly by land by the old Dominion line for Portsmouth, Va., where a special train will convey them to Augusta. A number of ladies, the wives, daughters, and relatives of the chiefs accompany them. The rooms of the Exempts over Jefferson Maiket, the headquarters of the volunteers over Essex Market, the Veteran’s Club Rooms, West 14th street, and the several engine and truck houses of the paid department were thrown open to the visitors.
CAPERS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION AT AUGUSTA.
The following topics were selected for discussion:
Topic No. 1. 1st, What are the proper functions of an international gathering of fire chiefs? 2nd, Are its functions to be accomplished by the reading of papers on special subjects, and by vote ordered printed in its records? 3rd, Does the reading and printing of these papers warrant the expenditure of time and money in attendance? 4th, As now conducted, are they a means to the end in the building up of knowledge in principles of a wider application; or dwarfed by simply focusiug them at a given point?
Topic No. 2.—Answer the following questions, and state the remedy: 1st, Is the terrible and frequent loss of brave men attributed to the faulty construction of buildings? 2nd, Is it owing to recklessness of the firemen themselves, in their zealousness to perform their duty? 3rd, Is the cause in any manner attributed to errors of judgment by the officers in sending men into seemingly safe, but which afterwards prove to be very dangerous places?
Procure statistics from the principal cities, giving the number of fatal cases and their causes for the last ten years.
Topic No. 8.—Should not any city of any size own and control its own water works? If not, why? And should “ot the chief of fire department have control of fire hy drants at all times, instead of being only vested with that dauthority in the winter months?
OFFICERS OF THE AMERICAN BALL NOZZLE COMPANY.
FIRE DEPARTMENT, AUGUSTA, GA.
Topic No. 4.—Is there any practical and economical substitute for the gravity battery for fire alarm purposes?
Topic No. 5.—The best method and appliance, founded upon practical experience, for entering buildings densely filled with smoke, for the purpose of locating the seat of fire or for rescuing human lives.
Topic No. 6.—Importance of increased fire protection by standpipes, roof and interior.
For discussion—Chemical engines, their efficiency and benefit for volunteer fire departments.
The Arlington, (Headquarters), rate $2.25; with baths, $3.00 per day; Planter’s hotel, $2.00 per day.
THE ATLANTA PROGRAMME.
Upon the adjournment of the convention on Thursday, by invitation of the managers of the Cotton States International Exposition, they will visit Atlanta, where they will be received by Chief Engineer Joyner and the Atlanta fire department. While there, they will witness the firemen’s tournament, which promises to be the event of the season.
COMPETITORS IN THE TOURNAMENT.
The following entries have been made for the tournament : The Atlantic hose reel team of New Berne, N. C.; Fernandina hose company No. 2, Fernandina, Fla.; E.W. Clark hose company, Grinnell, Iowa; Marion hose company No. 1, Ocala, Fla.; Tiger hose company No. 1, Fernanditm, Fla.; Greensboro hose company Greensboro, N.C.; Independent hose company, Martins Ferry, O.; First Ward hose company, Butler, Pa.; Ocala hose company No. 4, Ocala, Fla.; Central hose company, Bradford. Pa.; Neptune hose company, Glovcrsville, N. Y.
FIRE EX HI HITS.
The Fire Building on the grounds, as has been already stated, is 205 feet by 50 feet. In it will be a fine display of fire apparatus. Among the exhibitors will be the following ; Charles T. Holloway, Baltimore, Md.; American Fire Engine Company, Seneca Falls, N. V.; La France Fire Engine, Elmira, N. Y ; Hu msey & Co-, Seneca Falls, N. Y , (Hook and Ladder): Gamewell Fire-Alarm Company; Hale Harness anti Fire Department Supply Company; C. G. Braxmar; Cairns & Bro.; Cornelius Callahan Com pany. Manhattan Rubber Company; Boston Belting Company, Boston Woven Hose Company, Hetcht & Maxim; Loeb Respirator Company; American Ball Nozzle Com pany; ilex Fire Extinguisher Company : John M. Smith, (Hose Wagons) and several exhibitors that will forward
their goods from the Augusta convention. The building will be made very attractive and interesting.
in addition to the above the American Ball Nozzle Company have erected a glass house in front of the Fire Building where they will give a practical test of their nozzle similar to the one at the Broadway house in New York.