Blackhawk Fire Fighters Association Meets

Blackhawk Fire Fighters Association Meets

The annual meeting of the Blackhawk Fire Fighters Association was held at Polo, Ill., as customary for the past decade. That community was the birthplace of the organization, which comprises counties of Lee, Carroll, Whiteside, Ogle, Bureau, Stephenson and Winnebago in western Illinois. The Association members include paid, part paid and volunteer departments, together with a number of industrial fire brigades.

Since its founding, the Association has attracted wide acclaim, its meetings being attended not only by fire chiefs and firemen, but mayors and other civic officials, as well as plant and safety men. Heavy emphasis has been placed during recent months upon development of mutual aid, including such details as preparing inventories of apparatus and equipment, communications and training.

Officers elected at the Polo annual gathering were; President, Joak Hoak, Lenark, Ill.; Vice-President, Robert Woker, Pearl City, Ill.; Secretary, Loren Crawford, Milledgeville, Ill., and Treasurer, Russell Brooks, Prophetstown, Ill. Charles Van-Gilder, the retiring president, was installing officer.

The featured speaker at the meeting was Dr. Frank Beach, Professor, University of Illinois, whose topic was “Six Basic Ideas for Playing the Game as Fireman.” Special guests at the meeting included Paul Godesiabois, President, Illinois Firemen’s Association; G. A. Witzke, Deputy State Fire Marshal from Chicago; Edgar High, Deputy State Fire Marshall from Rockford, Ill., and L. H. Glens, Executive Director, Illinois Association of Fire Districts, from Springfield.

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