British Fire Brigades Association Meets

British Fire Brigades Association Meets

The Professional Fire Brigades Association (Great Britain) held its 18th annual convention in Bradford, Eng., July 5, to 11, inclusive. The title here given was adopted at the convention, as the former name “Association of Professional Fire Brigade Officers” was thought to fail in giving a correct idea of the membership, which includes many firemen as associate members, who are not officers. The proceedings were opened by an address of welcome from the Lord Mayor of the city, in which he told the association that Chief Scott and six firemen had just received the order of the British Empire for services during the war. These were in recognition of a fire following an explosion. On the first turn-out there were 18 men and within a quarter of an hour all were either dead or on their way to the hospital. Among the interesting papers read and afterward discussed were those on “Methods of dealing with fires in ships in harbor,” by Chief Officer Major Zappert of Alexandria, Egypt; “Nozzles and Fire Streams,” by Chief Officer Dane, of Croydon; “The Dangers of Celluloid” by Lieutenant-Colonel Fox of London, and a report on Storage and Exchange of Cinematograph Films, by Chief Officer Hadwick of Sheffield. Chief Officer James Trimble of the Londonderry (Ireland) Fire Brigade read a paper calling for Government Control of Fire Protection, in which he advocated legal enactments compelling owners of large estates or manufacturing plants outside of city limits to install a water supply fully adequate for fire protection, on the basis that all fire loss eventually falls upon the state and not wholly on the property owners as individuals. The election of officers for the ensuing year resulted as follows: President. J. Scott, chief officer of the Bradford Fire Brigade; the retiring president, Chief J. T. Burns, secretary and additional vice-president. Lt.-Col. Fox was re-elected chairman of the Governing Council and the vice-presidents were also re-elected.

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