Coast Chiefs Meet at Sun Valley
The annual conference of the Pacific Coast Inter-Mountain Association of Fire Chiefs was held at Sun Valley, Idaho, September 14-17 inclusive, with Chief J. K. Piercey, Salt Lake City, the President, presiding.
Attendance was up to average, and the isolation of the resort resulted in full attendance at all technical sessions.
An attractive program was arranged by Chief Edward Grenfell, of Portland, Chairman of the Program Committee.
The meeting got under way on the evening of Wednesday, September 14, with opening ceremonies, followed by the annual Memorial Services.
Thursday morning was devoted to technical papers, which included: “Urban Planning and Fire. Protection,” by Walter G. Wells, Engineer of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, San Francisco, Cal.; “Oil Fires,” by Chief George R. McAlpine, Oklahoma City, Okla., and “Radiation Hazards,” by Chief Otto Karg, National Reactor Testing Station, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
The Thursday afternoon session was devoted to papers by Chief K. E. Klinger, of Los Angeles County, Cal., on “Operation Firestop” and Fred Shepperd, Editor of FIRE ENGINEERING, on “Is the Fire Service Keeping Abreast of Fire Hazards?” These were followed by “Alarm Box vs. Telephone.” The moderator of the panel discussion was Chief William J. Taylor, of Burbank, Cal., and the members thereof were Ray A. Echols, Fire Alarm Superintendent, Phoenix, Ariz.; Charles R. Clough, District Sales Manager, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co.: Herbert Raines. Assistant Chief Engineer, National Board of Fire Underwriters, and Al. Theurich, Sales Engineer, Safa Fire Alarm Division, Fyr-Fyter Co.
All of Friday, September 16, was devoted to the technical program. Joe R. Yockers, California State Fire Marshal. discussed “The Value of Statistics in Fire Prevention; John W. Tucker, of Los Angeles, spoke on “Diesel Engines for Fire Service.” Ray Bond, Chief Engineer of the National Fire Protection Association. Boston, Mass., gave the final address on the morning program.
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At the afternoon session. Chief Homer Harpole, of Clinton, Ky., started off the program with a talk entitled “Hell’s a-Poppin.” He was followed by Chief Steve Taylor, of Boise, Idaho, who reviewed his experiences as a fire line observer at the Nevada Proving Ground atomic bomb tests.
The final feature of the technical program was a panel discussion on “Fire Department Problems during the Evacuation of Cities.” Captain James H. Priopelle, Portland, Ore., Fire Department (Colonel, Ret., U. S. A. R.), served as moderator.
A representative group of exhibitors had displays in the exhibit hall, which was the Sun Valley garage. An entire floor, well lighted, was available for showing fire apparatus and equipment.
Those concerns participating in the exhibit feature included:
Crown Body & Coach Corporation Mine Safety Appliances Company Waterous Company
American Rubber Manufacturing Company
Muscular Dystropy Assn, of America, Inc. Food Machinery & Chemical Corporation Latin American Studio The Seagrave Corporation Western Fire Equipment Company Notifier Manufacturing Company Gamewell Company
L. N. Curtis & Sons
M. Greenberg’s Sons Halprin Supply Company Superior Ambulance Sales Company E L. Purdy & Sons
Coast Fire Apparatus Company American LaFrance Corporation
Officers elected for the ensuing year were: Chief S. H. Edmondson, Pasadena, Cal., president; Chief J. T. Caldwell, Ellensburg, first vice president: Chief K. E. Klinger, Los Angeles County, second vice president; Jay W. Stevens, San Francisco, Cal., secretary-treasurer. The new directors, in addition to retiring President J. K. Piercey, are: Chief Paul Jarrett, Parkrose, Oregon, and Chief J. H. LeStrange, Berkeley, Cal. Chief E. H. Aiman of Glendale. Cal., is sergeant-at-arms.