Cities Should Send Their Chiefs
It is not at all too early for cities and towns to begin to consider plans for sending the chiefs of their fire departments to the convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers, which takes place at Toronto on July 26 to 30, 1920. The small appropriation that will be necessary to cover the expenses of the chief going to and from Toronto and his hotel bill while there will be very far offset by the benefits that will come to him through his association with the other chiefs of the country, listening to and absorbing the immense amount of information that will necessarily be brought out by the discussions of problems that attend the fire fighting and fire prevention activities of his fellows. A great deal of criticism and complaint have heretofore been made as to the outside influences and discussions by non-firemen that have prevailed at former conventions of the association. According to President Kenlon there will be none of this at the coming convention. It will be a meeting for and by the chiefs of the. fire departments. Practical standards of fire fighting and fire prevention will be discussed and papers prepared on these subjects by experts in these lines whose lives have been devoted to this work, as heads of the fire departments. All of the papers thus prepared will be carefully gone over and edited by the president of the association. Fire department Engineering and the Fire Fighting Manual will also be discussed and the information to be derived from these alone will be worth the time and expense to the chief and, through him, to the department of the city. All of this will make it plain that the city or town which is enterprising and farsighted enough to send its chief to this convention will find that the benefits that he will receive will be worth many thousands of dollars to the municipality in the increased knowledge which the head of the fire department will gain through attendance at the convention’s sessions. SEND THE CHIEF.