Chiefs Hold Big Meeting at Philadelphia

Chiefs Hold Big Meeting at Philadelphia

Eastern and International Associations Combine in Busy Week’s Program—Interesting and Instructive Papers and Exhibits

Chief John M. Evans President, New Orleans, La.Chief Ralph J. Scott First Vice-President, Los Angeles, Cal.Chief Joseph N. Sullivan Second Vice-President, Utica, N. Y.

THE Eastern Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Fire Chiefs held their first and fifty-sixth annual conventions respectively, at Philadelphia during the week of October 15th.

By combining forces a record attendance was brought out, and a very valuable program presented.

Monday, October 15th. and Tuesday, October 16th, were devoted to the meeting of the Eastern Chiefs while the balance of the week was filled up with activities of the International Association.

Meeting of Eastern Association

The Eastern Association started its program at 9.30

a. m. on Monday, October 15th, with a concert by the Philadelphia Fire Department Band. The business session opened a half hour later with Chief Charles Greenfield, the president, presiding. Mayor Harry A.

Mackey, of Philadelphia, delivered the address of welcome which was responded to by President Greenfield.

After consideration of future plans for the association, the meeting adjourned until afternoqn, when plans were formulated for future activities of the organization.

Tuesday morning the delegates visited the exhibit hall and later attended a demonstration put on by the National Foam System, Inc., of Philadelphia, which showed the application of their equipment in handling oil fires.

In the afternoon a parade of the Philade’phia Bureau of Fire, escorted by the Wm. Penn Hose Company, the oldest organization of its kind in Philadelphia, and followed by volunteer organizations from counties around Philadelphia, was held. Honorary marshals of the parade included Harry C. Davis, Director of Public Safety of Philadelphia; John J. Dorman, Fire Commissioner of New York ; Wm. H. Todd, Honorary Battalion Chief of the New York Fire Department; and Wm. Rowen, Pres. Board of Public Education of Philadelphia.

Following the parade, the visitors were escorted to the stadium of the University of Pennsylvania, where some very striking drills were staged by the Philadelphia Fire Department Training School. These drills included spectacular company formations as well as calisthenic drill exhibitions.

Paper on Fire Fighting

Deputy Chief John J. T. Waldron, of the New York Fire Department, at the last business session of the convention, delivered a very interesting talk on modern fire fighting methods. An abstract of this paper will be published in an early issue of this journal.

International Meeting

The first session of the International Association of Fire Chiefs was held at 10 a. m. on Wednesday morning, with Chief Ross B. Davis, the President, presid ng.

The address of welcome was delivered by the Hon. Harry A. Mackey, mayor of Philadelphia, who outlined the accomplishments of the Philadelphia fire bureau, and extended to the association a cordial welcome to the city. Response to the address of welcome was made by Chief John Kenlon, of New York City, one of the Board of Directors of the Association.

Chief Kenlon said:

“Once a year the International Fire Chiefs meet to discuss problems, new and old, affecting their profession. As servants of Humanity, they constitute a mighty army, outnumbering the legions by which any of the world governments is maintained.

“Their work leaves behind it few trails of desolation. They are employed to conserve, to preserve from destruction by fire, life, the product of the factory and the fruits of industry.

“Engaged in a war that never ends, and until old age overtakes them, there is no discharge or retirement. No armistice breaks the stress; no diplomatic treaty halts its struggle. Firemen are ceaselessly on the alert in a grapple with the mighty and merciless energies of nature which never ceases. Peril is their constant companion; often only a brick or a nail separates them from eternity. They do not whine; always willing to take a chance and seal their labor with their lives should the occasion demand it.

The Pacific Coast Delegation to the Chiefs' Convention Stop Off at Washington and Are Photographed With President Coolidge in Front of the White HouseA Few Outstanding Figures at the Fire Chiefs’ Convention, Philadelphia The Convention Host, Chief Ross B. Davis of Philadelphia.(Left) Chief John M. Evans of New Orleans, Pres. Int'l. Ass'n. with R. C. Harrington of Montreal, Pres. Dominion Ass'n.(Left) Chief Geo. Hedden of Buffalo, with Chief R. C. Alt of St. Louis.A foreign delegate, Ass't Chief Hjertberg of Goteborg, Sweden.

“We sincerely hope our discussions and exhibitions during the coming week will advance the science of fire extinguishment and fire prevention. If a little is gained, then we shall not have met here in vain. At the close of our deliberations we hope to say that we have added something to the safety and protection of life and property throughout the world.

“You bid us welcome, and proffer entertainment. We gratefully accept your tender and hope to enjoy ourselves during the short time set apart for recreation.”

Memorial Service

The memorial service opened with invocation, followed by the roll call of departed members. Since the last meeting of the association the following have passed away:

Honorary life members: R. G. Blackburn, ex-chief, Oswego, N. Y.; Jacob B. Blaw, manufacturer of fire department equipment, Atlantic City, N. J.; A. Fowler, ex-chief, Gardner, Mass.; John P. Quigley, ex-chief, Syracuse. N. Y.

Active members: J. J. Barnett, chief, Atlantic City, N. J.; W. F. Daley, chief, Brockton, Mass.; C. F. Doebler, chief. North Tonawanda, N. Y.; Clias. H. Henderson, chief, Bradford, Pa.; James Kennedy, chief. Cedar Rapids, Ia.; J. J. Pye, chief, Stoughton, Mass.; Horace G. Regan, chief, St. Joseph, Mo.; C. H. Thurston, chief, Honolulu; B. F. Dowell, ex-chief, Portland, Oreg.; John Thompson, ex-chief, Toronto, Ont.

Life members: Geo. G. Allen, New York; W. J. Phillips, Portland, Oreg.; Geo. A. Graves, Ogden, Utah; R. L. Gilson, Lebanon, Oreg.

Associate members: Walter Bauer, pres., Pyrene Mfg. Co.; Wm. Blaney, Lynn, Mass.; F. J. Boyer, Boyer Fire Apparatus Co., Logansport, Ind.; W. L. Knight, Eureka Fire Hose Mfg. Co., Atlanta, Ga.; Jere Sullivan, Omaha, Nebr.

The memorial address was delivered by Prof. Calvin O. Althouse.

Afternoon Session

The afternoon session was opened at 2 o’clock with reports of various committees, the first being the report of the Memorial Committee of which Chief Richard Lee Smith, of the Pittsburgh Fire Department, was chairman.

The financial report submitted by the Treasurer, exChief Peter Carter of Camden, N. J., showed the total receipts for sixteen months to be $10,086.22 and the expenses for the same period, $9,668.97, leaving a balance in favor of the association of $1,417.25.

The reserve carried forward from 1927 was $10,880.48, while that invested in liberty bonds totalled $18,000. Thus the assets of the association at the present time amount to $30,297.73.

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District Secretaries’ Reports

The various district association secretaries were called upon to submit reports. All district associations reported gains in membership with the exception of the Great lakes Association, which indicated a loss of approximately 90 members.

This loss was later explained as the number of those who had not paid in their dues for the current year. “It is likely,” an officer of this district association stated, “that the total of 90 will BE very much reduced when subsequent bills are sent out.”

First Paper on Fire Hazards

The first topic of the afternoon session was “Printing (vari-colored tints) and Dry-cleaning Hazards” presented by Frank J. McAuliffe. Chief of Fire Patrols, Chicago, Ill.

This paper proved very interesting and brought out considerable discussion. Chief McAuliffe outlined fully the common hazards encountered, and made suggestions as to the remedying of them.

The Members, Associates and Guests at the Fifty-Sixth Annual Convention of the International Association of Fire iefs and the First Annual Convention of the Eastern Association of Fire Chiefs, Assembled at Valley Forge Park

Abstract of Mr. McAuliffe’s paper will appear in an early issue of this journal.

Charlesworth Describes Extinguishers

As the second paper on the program Chief Frank Charlesworth, of the Providence department, delivered a very interesting and instructive paper on “Extinguishment by Various Types of Extinguishers.” This paper, which begins in this issue, is one of the most complete of its type ever presented before the association.

Tests and Banquet in Evening

The balance of the afternoon was given over to tests of apparatus for extinguishing oil fires.

In the evening a get-together dinner brought out about 500 of the delegates at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. No addresses were included in the banquet program, so that the affair was concluded well before midnight.

Excursion on Thursday

Thursday was devoted almost entirely to a sightseeing tour and trip to Valley Forge, the historical battleground of the Revolutionary War. The delegates started out at 9 o’clock in the morning and did not return to the city until 2:30, when they were carried by the busses to the Exhibit Hall to view the exhibits there. As will be noted by the group photograph herewith, taken at Valley Forge, a very large number of those present took advantage of the sightseeing tour.

The evening was given over to a banquet and ball at the Scottish Rite Temple, the city tendering this banquet to the guests. It was very well patronized and a number of interesting talks by Philadelphia city officials, including May-or Mackey, together with orchestral and vocalselections entertained the guests. Following the banquet those present enjoyed a couple of hours of dancing.

Friday a Busy Day

Friday proved to be the busiest day of the entire

convention. Starting with high pressure tests under supervision of Battalion Chief Jacob A. Young, and a fire boat test under supervision of Battalion Chief Wm. Simmler. of the Philadelphia department, which were held at 8 a. m., the delegates went into a session at 9:30 and were kept busy until noon adjournment.

The first paper on the Friday morning program was “Standpipe Equipment for High Buildings,” by Chief John Kenlon, of New York City. In Chief Kenlon’s absence, Asst. Chief Thos. Dougherty, of the New York department, presented the paper, which was widely discussed.

Chief Dougherty outlined the development of the standpipe system through its various stages, and pointed cut the essential features of modern standpipe systems. He concluded the paper with a number of verypractical suggestions on standpipe operation. This paper will be published in a subsequent issue of this journal.

Defective Construction

The second paper of the morning program was presented by President Ross B. Davis, and was devoted to “Defective and Dangerous Construction in Buildings.”

Chief Davis’s paper is given elsewhere in this issue.

Chief Brosnan Talks on Salvage

The Albany, Georgia. Fire Department has carried off three national prizes in fire waste contests, and one of the means employed for reducing fire loss in that city is the performance of salvage operations bv the fire fighting force. Chief Brosnan’s talk on “Salvage and Conservation of Property” was therefore very interesting to the members, for it showed just how salvage operations were carried out, and the results they produced. Considerable discussion followed Chief Brosnan’s paper, with a few talking against the practice of salvage work by the fire fighting organization, but the great majority favoring such work. Several chiefs reported excellent results from salvage operations and with no interference of the regular fire fighting operations of their departments. Chief Brosnan’s paper will be published in a later issue.

Physical Qualifications for Firemen

A new type of topic was introduced at the convention in the last paper of the morning session. This was by Chief Surgeon Hubley R. Owen of the Philadelphia Fire and Police Bureaus. Dr. Owen spoke on “Standard Physical Qualifications for Candidates for the Fire Department Service.” Below are given the physical standards for members of the Bureaus of Police and Fire adopted by the Association of Police and Fire Surgeons, and recommended by Dr. Owen.

Firemen—Age: Not less than twenty-one at the time of the mental examination, and not over the age of twenty-nine years at the time of filing application.

Patrolman—Age: Not less than twenty-one at the time of the mental examination, and not over the age of twentynine at the time of filing application.

General Appearance: The applicant must be free from any marked deformity, free from all parasitic or systemic skin diseases, and from evidence of intemperance in the use of stimulants or drugs. The body must be well proportioned, of good muscular development, and show careful attention to personal cleanliness.

Obesity, muscular weakness or jxxir physique must reject. Girth of abdomen be not more than the measurement of chest at rest.

Nose, Mouth and Teeth: Obstruction to free breathing, chronic catarrh, or very offensive breath must reject.

The mouth must be free from deformities or conditions that interfere with distinct speech or that predispose to disease of the ear, nose or throat. There shall be no disease or hypertrophy of tonsil or thyroid enlargement.

Teeth must he clean, well cared for and free from multiple cavities. There must be at least two molar teeth to each jaw on each side, and these teeth in good opposition for proper mastication. The jaws must be free from badly broken or decayed teeth so far destroyed as to render filling or crowning impossible. Missing teeth may be supplied by crown or bridge work; where site of teeth makes this impossible rubber dentures will be accepted. At least twenty natural teeth must be present. Pyorrhea will reject.

Hernia in any form must reject. Actual or potential hernia in any form must reject.

Genitalia must be free from deformities and from marked varicocele, hydrocele, enlargement of the testicle, stricture, or incontinence of urine. Retained testicle or atrophy reject. Any acute and all venereal diseases of these organs must reject.

Rectum and Anus: Fissures, fistulas, and external or internal piles must reject.

varicose veins or a marked tendency to their formation must reject.

Arms and Legs, Hands and Feet, must be free f rom affections of the joints, sprains, stiffness or other conditions, such as flat-foot, ingrowing nails or hammer-toes which would prevent the proper and easy performance of duty.

First (index), second (middle), third (ring), fingers and thumb must be present in their entirety. Great toe must be present in its entirety.

Height taken barefoot; weight and measurements naked.

  1. In the case of patrolmen in the Police Department the minimum height required is 5 ft. 8 in., the minimum weight 140 lbs., and the minimum chest measurement 33 ½ inches. Maximum weight 20 per cent.
  2. In the case of firemen in the Fire Department the minimum height required is 5 ft. 7 in., the minimum weight 140 lbs., and the minimum chest measurement 34 1/2 inches. Maximum weight 20 per cent.

Eyes: The applicant must be free from color blindness, and be able to read with each eye, separately, standard test types at a distance of twenty feet. Loss of either eye, chronic inflammation of the lids, or permanent abnormalities of either eye must reject. 20/20 or 20/30 in one eye, with binocular vision of 20/20.

Chief Ross B. Davis (left), of Philadelphia, retiring head of the I.A.F.C., congratulating Chief John M. Evans, of New Orleans, newly elected President.

Ears: Normal hearing with each ear is required. Whispering voice 10 feet; low voice 20 feet; loud voice 80 feet.

Respiration must be full, easy and regular; the respiratory murmur must be clear and distinct over both lungs, and no disease of the respiratory organ be present.

Circulation; The action of the heart must be uniform, free and steady, its rhythm regular and the heart free from organic changes. Blood pressure— systolic maximum 135; diastolic 90— pulse pressure 15 to 50.

Brain and Nervous System must be free from defects. Epilepsy rejects.

Kidneys must be healthy and the urine normal.

Wassermann test will be made before permanent appointment.

Educating Youth in Fire Prevention

The afternoon program provided a very unusual feature. There was an address by Ralph McCollough, a sixteen year old boy, of Portland, Oregon, who was the winner of Fire Prevention Oratorical Contest conducted by the Portland High Schools. Just preceding this feature, Executive Secretary Jay W. Stevens spoke on “Educating the Youth of the Country in Fire Prevention Methods.” Chief Stevens outlined the numerous avenues of approach to children other than through the public schools but expressed his belief that the public school approach was the best of all. He cited what has been accomplished during recent years in educating children of the public school systems in fire prevention and also the results from such work. In concluding his talk Chief Stevens introduced Fire Commissioner Bigelow of Portland, Oregon, Chief Grenfell of that city and Ralph McCollough. Commissioner Bigelow and Chief Grenfell spoke briefly of the contest held in Portland and following this Ralph McCollough delivered his talk which went over in fine shape.

At the International Chiefs’ Convention, Philadelphia (Left to right) D. A. Wood house, Pres., and Geo. J. Kuss, Vice-Pres., Woodhouse Mfg. Co.; Chief Chas. McGinley, Kast Orange, N. J., and Chief M. T. Kennedy, W. Orange, N. J.The Fire Chiefs on a visit to the Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge.

This completed the business session for the afternoon.

Interesting Round Table

In the evening at 7 o’clock a very interesting Round Table was held, the room being so crowded that quite a large number of delegates had to stand. There was marked enthusiasm in this feature of the convention. The first topic presented for discussion was submitted by Chief C. W. Ringer of Minneapolis. Chief Ringer called attention to the present practice of insurance rating organizations in penalizing fire departments if the same response was not despatched, on still alarms as on first alarms. He suggested that instead of sending out full alarm assignments on all still alarms in residential districts an engine and a ladder company be dispatched while in commercial districts two engines and a ladder company should go out on still alarms.

It seemed to be the consensus of opinion that an arrangement such as suggested by Chief Ringer would be more satisfactory in that it would not keep a great amount of apparatus on the streets at all times.

This discussion led into the question of the number of men on duty day and night, it being mentioned that insurance authorities require more men on duty night time— than day.

The difficulty of such an arrangement under the two platoon system where the platoons alternate was emphasized. In answering this, discussion Mr. Geo. W. Booth of the National Board of Fire Underwriters stated that the present practice was the result of a survey made of some 40 fire departments wherein the majority of chiefs said that they had more men on at night, and considered such necessary. Mr. Booth mentioned tliat a change making the same number of men on duty at night time as day time would be made if it was the consensus of opinion that such a move was desirable. He also called attention to the fact that night men are rarely detailed for special duty whereas those on the day platoon are. The result is that there are actually more men, thereby, ready for duty on the night platoon than on the day.

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Fire Prevention Boosters from the Pacific Coast Left to right: J. W. Stevens, Executive Secretary I.A.F.C., San Francisco; Comr, C. A. Bigelow, Portland; Ralph McCollough, the Portland boy who won the fire prevention declaration contest; Chief Edw. Grenfell, Portland.

Chief Davis described the practice in his department of not calling a water tower until it was actually needed at a fire. After a water tower was called the hose and pumper layouts were made and by the time the tower arrived it was only necessary to connect up the lines and put the tower in operation.

Chief James Casey of Cambridge, Mass., outlined his method of operation with relation to still alarms. On a still alarm one engine company and one ladder company are dispatched. This assignment he feels is sufficient, and he depends upon his officers to call for additional help if needed.

Chief Davis called attention to the great number of false alarms received from the pull type of fire alarm boxes. They have caused quite a bit of annoyance in the Philadelphia department. It is his belief that the fire alarm box in which a gong rings when an alarm is transmitted helps greatly in reducing the number of false alarms.

—And a Good Time Was Had by All at the Fire Chiefs’ Convention; a Happy Delegation From the South;Some Prominent Folks From N. Y. State.

Chief Foster of the Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia pointed out a condition which has developed in his part of the country where, under the city manager form of government, the city manager has power to remove the department head. This results in undue caution on the part of fire department officials and in many cases causes them to hesitate in forcing demands for needed new equipment or other fire department improvements.

This question was also discussed by Chief Kennedy of West Orange; Chief Brosnan of Albany, Ga.; Chief Flores of Shreveport, La.; and Chief Geo. Johnson of Waltham, Mass.

The next question was presented by Chief Henry Breder of Egg Harbor, N. J., and dealt with the subject of pumps mounted on ladder trucks.

He believed that in small towns such an arrangement was very satisfactory, for with an expenditure of less than one thousand dollars additional a pump was made available. He cited several instances where the pump proved helpful in holding a spreading fire and without interfering in any manner with the use of ladder equipment on the truck.

Following the Round Table discussion, the guests were taken aboard busses and driven to Fox Chase, Pa., a town about 18 miles from hotel headquarters where a stag party was staged for the delegates.

No Time Lost on Saturday

Saturday’s program started at 8 a. m. with a high pressure test and water tower demonstration under the supervision of instructor Anthony McGrann, Fairhill Station, 6th and Summerset Streets. Following this demonstration the delegates proceeded to the convention hall where the first business session was opened punctually at 9:30. The secretary presented a report showing 469 active members registered up to Friday night. The total number of associate members registered was 245.

Approximately 1200 all told, including guests, were signed up during the convention.

Receipts for registration totalled $3,467.00.

Upon motion of Chief Joe Wood of Renton, Washington, Ralph McCollough was made an honorary member of the association.

Cups Awarded

Three Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cups were awarded for fire prevention records during the year ending June 1st. The largest cup was awarded to the chief of department in the city over 100,000 population showing the best record; the second size cup to chief of department in the city between 20,000 and 100,000 population having the best record; and the small cup to chief of department in the city under 20,000 population making the best record.

Chief John Towey, of Newark, N. J., was awarded the large cup. The second cup went to Chief W. P. Cooper of Richmond. Calif., while the third went to Chief Max Krueger. Marshfield, Oreg.

A number of other cities were awarded honorable mention.

Upon motion duly made, seconded and carried, the

contest for next year is to run for the calendar year and reports must be submitted by June 1st of 1930.

Setting Up Exercises by the Philadelphia Firemen, During the I.A.F.C. I.A.F.C. Convention

New State Vice Presidents

The committee of state vice presidents, through its secretary, Chief James Armstrong of Kingston, Ont., submitted the following names for appointment as state vice presidents.

Alabama—L. B. Hill

Alberta, Canada—C. Dutton

Arizona—W. J. Nemeck

Arkansas—Chas. S. Hafer

British Columbia—J. H. Carlisle

California—W. J. Dumphv

Colorado—J. F. Healey

Connecticut—J. C. Moran

l^elaware—W. J. Lutz

Dist. of Columbia—Geo. S. Watson

Florida—F. C. Pfaender

Georgia—T. M. Cook

Idaho—A. B. Canfield

Illinois—A. H. Hofstetter

Indiana—Wm. Nill

Iowa—J. W. Fisher

Japan—S. Doi

Kansas—E. P. ‘Moore

Kentucky—E. C. Cureton

Louisiana—R. A. Bogan

Maine—O. T. Sanborn

Manitoba—D. Boulden

Maryland—R. C. Hoenicka

Massachusetts—Chas. L. McCarthy

Michigan—R. E. Malleshead

Minnesota—S. H. Nansen

Mississippi—L. F. McDonald

Missouri—Chas. Alt

Montana—A. J. Baker

Nebraska—Louis Hansen

Nevada—R. B. Hawcroft

New Hampshire—J. E. Smith

New Jersey—W. S. Noble

New Mexico—J. Rofles

New York—Cris Noll

North Carolina—II. G. Whitener

North Dakota—J. W. Sutherland

Nova Scotia—J. W. Churchill

Ohio—T. J. Gough

Oklahoma-—Geo. B. Goff

Ontario—S. J. Oram

Oregon—Ivan Pearson

Panama—John A. Guizado

Pennsylvania—M. M. Tawney

Philippine Islands—W. A. Davis

Quebec—R. N. O. Harrington

Rhode Island—J. A. Savage

Saskatchewan—J. E. Faithfull

South Carolina—H. B. Wells

South Dakota—W. A. Sloan

Tennessee—F. B. Moore

Texas—C. J. Ollre

Utah—W. T. Knight

Virginia—M. Gordon

Washington—E. T. Kutcher

West Virginia—R. A. Doolittle

Wisconsin—-T. J. Kuplic

Wyoming—Percy Hoyt

The report of the committee on courtesies of which Chief Frank J. McAuliffe of the Chicago Fire Patrols, Chairman, was submitted and accepted by unanimous vote.

National Memorial Committee Report

The committee on the National Memorial, of which Chiefs Murphy of San Francisco, McAuliffe of Chicago, and Watson of Washington, D. C. are members, submitted the following report through Chief Geo. S. Watson of Washington.

To the International Association of Fire Chiefs:

The Committee on the proposed Firemen’s Memorial Building submits the following report:

It is the opinion of the Committee that the plan suggested in its report to the Association at the 1927 Convention, namely, that the membership of the Committee be increased by the designation by the President of a sufficient number of members of the Association in various parts of the United States to accomplish a thorough solicitation of funds and that such solicitation extend over a period of five years is practical, and will ultimately result in the success of the undertaking.

It lias been impossible for your Committee, however, to begin active solicitation of funds, as no appropriation was made by the Association to cover the necessary expenses.

The initial expense of the work would be considerable, and would cover office rent, clerical hire, printing or subscription blanks, letterheads, envelopes, circulars, postage, traveling expenses, etc.

It is not practical to properly canvass the various paid and volunteer fire departments throughout the country without a sufficient amount of funds in hand for expenses and to insure the continuance of the work from year to year. We estimate that there should be placed at the disposal of the Committee the sum of $20,000, the same to be used for the expenses above referred to. It is only reasonable to assume that when this fund became exhausted there wo’uld be a sufficient amount subscribed to carry on the work. The method of raising the estimated fund of $20,000 is a question that should be determined by the Association at this Convention.

Until your Committee has been assured of securing the funds as indicated, it is not in a position to begin the actual work of soliciting subscriptions.

The Committee therefore lays this matter before the Association for consideration, and awaits instructions.

THUS. J. MURPHY, Chief Engineer, Fire Department, San Francisco, California, Chairman.

FRANK J. MCAULIFFE, Chief, Chicago Fire Insurance Patrols, Chicago, Illinois.

GEO. S. WATSON, Chief Engineer. Fire Department, Washington, D. c.

This report was referred to the Board of Directors for future action.

Exhibit Committee

The exhibit committee, of which August Gcrstung, chief of fire department, Elizabeth, N. J., is chairman,submitted a report showing that all space in the auditorium was taken, and that the receipts totaled $2,204.50. There were 39 exhibitors.

A Feature of the Fire Chiefs' Parade During the Convention Charles Kanip, Jr., on the Oldest Hose Cart of Philadelphia.

The convention by a rising vote extended its appreciation to Chief Ross B. Davis and his officers who worked with him for the very excellent arrangements and entertainment provided for the Philadelphia convention. Details of the convention were so thoroughly worked out and everything worked so smoothly that the Philadelphia convention may be classed as one of the best ever held. Nothing but words of praise were heard on all sides for the excellent work of Chief Davis and his assistants.

Birmingham Gets Next Convention

A number of cities extended invitations for the next convention of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, but upon unanimous vote Birmingham, Alabama, was selected.

Hence the association goes south of the Mason and Dixon line for its fourth convention in a period of six years.

Election of Officers

The election of officers moved very smoothly.

First Vice President, Chief John Evans of New Orleans, was advanced to the Presidency, by unanimous vote.

Chief Ralph Scott of Los Angeles, second vice president, was advanced to first vice president by unanimous vote.

Chief Joseph N. Sullivan of Utica, N. Y. was, by unanimous vote, elected second vice president.

The only election that had any semblance of contest was that for treasurer. Two candidates were to be balloted on, the present incumbent, ex-Chief Peter Carter of Camden, and Chief Ernest Beckert of West New York, N. J. Shortly after balloting commenced Chief Beckert withdrew and presented a motion that the election of Peter Carter be made unanimous, which was forthwith done.

The recording secretary, Chief James J. Mtilcahey, Yonkers, N. Y., was reelected unanimously.

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