Burlington Ready for Convention
INDICATIONS point to a large attendance at the twelfth annual convention of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs to be held in Burlington, Vt., June 26 to 29.
The program is one of the most interesting and varied that has ever been arranged for a gathering of fire department officials, and the topics are all of vital importance. All papers have been prepared by Fire Chiefs, are of practical value and on timely subjects.
Chief Daniel B. Tierney, Arlington, Mass., President of the association, has worked hard to assure the success of the convention and has been accorded whole hearted support by the New England Chiefs. He has selected the speakers and suggested the topics.
Chief John W. O’Hearn, Watertown, Mass., Secretary-Treasurer, has as usual labored long and dilligently in behalf of the convention.
George W. Austin, of the Committee on Registration and Reservations, has been to Burlington and has the rooming situation clearly mapped out. He reports that there will be plenty of rooms available for all who wish tc attend.
The Hotel Accommodations
Convention headquarters will be in the Hotel Vermont where rooms with bath for one person may be obtained for $2.50 and $3 per day and rooms with bath, for two persons, at $2 to $2.50 each per day. Rooms with bath and twin beds are $5 and $6 per day for the room. Rooms with hot and cold running water are priced at $2 for one person and for two persons the rate is $3 per room. Rooms are also available in the Hotel Van Ness and the Hotel Sherwood. There are a few rooms to accommodate four persons. The rooms in these hotels are exceptionally good, over fifty per cent with baths and the remainder with hot and cold running water.
Chief Carl D. Stockwell, of the Burlington Fire Department, with the assistance of the Board of Fire Commissioners and the Chamber of Commerce, has arranged an entertainment program for the ladies and guests.
An Interesting Program Provided
The Annual Memorial Exercises will be held as usual on the morning of the opening day of the convention, beginning at 10 o’clock on Tuesday, June 26.
The program will open with the customary address of welcome and greetings by the city officials. Chief Edward F. Dahill, of New Bedford, Past-President of the Fire Chiefs’ Club of Massachusetts, will make the response in behalf of the association.
The Forest Fire Wardens’ Sessions will be held Tuesday afternoon and evening under direction of Maxwell C. Hutchins, State Fire Warden of Massachusetts.
Wednesday will be largely devoted to the subject of “Training Schools for Firemen.” Massachusetts, under direction of the Division of Vocational Education of the State Department of Education, has conducted training schools in ten sections of the state for firemen. Three hundred and ninety firemen from one hundred and fiftysix cities and towns received certificates for attending the ten weeks’ course.
M. Norcross Stratton, Supervisor in Charge of the Training Schools for Firemen, will have charge of this program, Frank Cushman, of the Federal Department of Vocational Education, Washington, D. C., will come to Burlington and will deliver an address. Ten drill masters who served as instructors will also be present and there will be demonstrations of evolutions.
The banquet and ball will be held on Thursday night. There will be an address by Governor Wilson, of Vermont. The election of officers will take place on Friday.
Speakers and Topics
The list of speakers and topics so far as announced is as follows:
“Fire Department Administration” by Chief Selden R. Allen, of Brookline, Mass., President, International Association of Fire Chiefs.
“Radio Service as an Adjunct to Fire Alarm Telegraph” by Chief Henry A. Fox, Boston, Mass.
“The Keeping of Fire Department Records” by Chief John C. Moran, Hartford, Conn., Past-President of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs.
“The Chemistry of Fires” by Chief Oliver T. Sanborn, Portland, Me., Past-President of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs.
“Proper Care of the Fire Alarm System” by Chief Charles H. French, Manchester, N. H., Past-President of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs.
“Lessons from the Two Conferences for Fire Department Instructors Held at Worcester” by Chief Charles L. McCarthy, Worcester, Mass., Vice-President of the Fire Chiefs’ Club of Massachusetts.
“The Use of One-and-One-Half-Inch Hose” by Chief Henry R. Taft, Norwich, Conn.
“Uniform Marking for Fire Hydrants” by Chief Joseph W. Randlette, Richmond, Me.
“Fire Department Hydraulics” by Chief Eugene T. Ricker, Biddeford, Me.
There will also be addresses, on topics not yet announced, by the following prominent speakers:
Chief Ray D. Wells, Falmouth, Mass., Director of the Fire Chiefs’ Club of Massachusetts.
Chief Alfred H. Koltonski, Rutland. Vt., Past-President of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs.
Chief Harry J. Monahan. Berlin. N. H., President of the New Hampshire Fire Chiefs’ Club.
Chief Irving C. Hammond, Westport, Mass.
Ex-Assistant Chief Thomas F. Dougherty, New York City.
There will be an extensive exhibition of fire department supplies and accessories, including many new features in the equipment and appliance lines. The Memorial Auditorium in Burlington provides a splendid place for the exhibits and meetings.
Officers of the Association
Besides President Tierney and Secretary O’Hearn, the other officers and directors of the association have worked hard to make the convention the best in the history of the organization. They are Chief John S. Pachl, Annex Fire Department, New Haven, Conn., First Vice-President; Chief David H. DeCourcy, Winchester. Mass., Second Vice-President; Chief John J. Kennedy, Bryant Electric Company, Bridgeport, Conn., Sergeant-at-Arms; and the directors, Chief Oliver T. Sanborn, Portland, Me.; Chief William C. Mahoney, Peabody, Mass.; Ex-Chief James M. Casey, Cambridge, Mass.
State Vice-Presidents and Registrars
The State Vice-Presidents are Chief J. W. Randlette, Richmond. Me.: Chief Charles H. French, Manchester, N. H.; Chief Carl D. Stockwell, Burlington, Vt.; Chief Frank F. Dickinson, Brockton, Mass.; Chief Earl H. Batchelder, Centerdale, R. I.; and Chief Henrv R. Taft, Norwich, Conn. The registrars are P. Hildreth Parker, George W. Austin, and Herbert K. Pratt, of the Box 52 Association, of Boston.
Second Convention Held at Burlington
This convention makes the second time that the New England Chiefs have visited Burlington, the sixth annual meeting having been held there in June of 1928.
“The Queen City” on Lake Champlain, as Burlington is known, provides an ideal setting for this gathering of fire officials. The municipality has a population of nearly 30.000.
Organized fire protection in Burlington began in December of 1829 when the first Burlington Fire Company was established. It was incorporated October 29, 1829, and organization was completed at a meeting in Howard’s Hotel on December 22, 1829. The first three hand engines, all without suction hose, were named respectively “Boxer,” “Hero,” and “Champlain.”
An independent company known as “The Volunteers” was incorporated on November 15, 1839, and purchased a Hunneman engine which was called “The Volunteer.” In 1840 the first “Boxer” engine was replaced by a new Hunneman brake engine bearing the same name.
Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 was incorporated on October 23, 1846. In 1858 the Boxer Company purchased a new engine. The Ethan Allen Engine Company No. 4 was organized on November 5, 1858.
A permanent Fire Department was established under the city charter in 1865 with a Chief and four assistant engineers to have control over the four companies then in existence including “The Volunteers.”
Other companies were established as follows: “The Stars, No. 2,” on September 18, 1871 ; “The Howards, No. 5,” on October 17, 1871; “The Clippers, No. 6,” on November 7, 1871; “The Barnes, No. 7,” in April, 1873. Three hose companies were established, namely the “W. N. Greene Co.,” the “E. M. Sutton No. 9,” and the “Garry Owen.”
The Barnes Hose Company No. 7 brought fame to the town on September 4, 1878, when it won the United States Championship Belt at a contest in Chicago, Iii. The company consisted of 18 men who ran 300 yards with a cart weighing 500 pounds, having 350 feet of hose on it, to a hydrant to which they attached, reeled off 300 feet, broke coupling, and connected pipe. Their average time for three trials was sixty-two and one-half seconds.
In 1880 a fire alarm telegraph system was established with fifteen boxes. In 1889 a new building was built for the Ethan Allen Engine Company No. 4 and a new fire bell was hung in its tower. In 1890 the A. C. Spear Company was organized to take the place of the Clipper Hose Company which disbanded.
A Button steam fire engine was purchased on November 24, 1892, and located in Fire House No. 3 on Colchester Avenue. The fire alarm system in 1893 consisted of three circuits and in 1894 a five circuit repeater was installed. A Babcock double tank chemical engine was purchased in 1895.
Paid Fire Department of Burlington
The paid fire department of Burlington was cstab lished by ordinance on March 22, 1895. There were four fire houses and the force consisted of a Chief Engineer, two assistant engineers, a superintendent of fire alarm telegraph, and not less than eight full paid men and twenty call men. The apparatus consisted of one steam fire engine, the chemical engine, three hose wagons, and one hook and ladder truck, all horse drawn. Moses Murray was the first Chief of the paid Fire Department in Burlington.
First Motor Apparatus in 1911
The first piece of motor apparatus was purchased in 1911, at which time the department had 25 permanent firemen and 15 call men. The department was completely motorized in 1925.
Chief Carl D. Stockwell was appointed head of the department in 1914 and during his administration many improvements have been effected, including the building of a handsome new central fire station costing $125,000.
The water supply is derived from Lake Champlain and is pumped to a reservoir 300 feet above the level of the lake with a capacity of 7,000,000 gallons. The water works are owned and operated by the city and there is a modern filtration plant.
The first permanent settlement at Burlington was on June 7, 1763. It was organized as a village on March 19, 1774, and incorporated as a city on February 21, 1865.