California Firemen to Hold Convention
The California State Firemen’s Association is to hold its next annual convention, the second in its history, at Oakland, Cal., on September 22. The association was formed November 10, 1922, at Fresno, Cal., at a largely attended meeting. The objects of the association are, “the promotion and protection of the best interests of the firemen of California, to create and maintain a brotherly feeling and perpetuate a spirit of friendship among true and accredited firemen, to meet in assembly at convention and there to devise ways and means to improve the fire-fighting service by discussion of topics and exchange of ideas and to co-operate with chiefs of the fire departments in the campaign of fire prevention.” Over 750 firemen in thirty departments joined the association since its organization and it is hoped to greatly swell the membership before the next convention.
Fort Fire Department Abandoned—The motorized fire department of Fort Ontario, N. Y., organized during war-time activities, will probably be abandoned, it has been announced. Orders are being awaited for the disposition of the LaFrance fire truck that was assigned to the post in 1918. When the fire department was first organized there were hundreds of soldiers and patients at the Fort, then general hospital No. 5, and civilians were assigned as members.
Relay Test of Fire Apparatus—Plans for a relay test of the Columbia and Shawne, Pa., fire companies’ apparatus are being formulated by Chief Frank O. Duerst, of the Columbia fire department. The test will be of a 1,000 foot relay of hose. One engine will be placed at the plug and will pump water into the 1,000 feet of hose, while the other engine will couple with the stretch of hose and pump into another relay. The test, if successful, will show that no matter what distance a building on fire is from the plug there will be a possibility of reaching it with water in case of fire.