CONVENTION OF INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE ENGINEERS
Special to FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING ⅜
The forty-fourth annual convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers, at Providence, R. I., opened most favorably for a notable success. The attendance on the first day was seven hundred, and every train was bringing its contingents, and the convention may be set down as more than an average meeting. The old guard was present and also many new faces, show’ing that the association’s roll has been greatly benefited. Chief Thomas A. Clancy, the acting president, and Secretary McFall were present early. The proceedings opened with the usual addresses and replies, and the convention hall was crowded. The business end of the convention received close attention. The association elected Chief Thomas A. Clancy, of Milwaukee, Wis., as president, and elected Chief A. A. Rozotta. of Nashville, Tenn., first vicepresident, and Chief John Kenlon, of New York, second vice-president. Jacksonville, Fla., was selected as the place for holding next year’s convention of the association. The exhibition of apparatus and supplies was, as anticipated, large and very attractive, and was in charge of Chief Greenfield. The invocation at the convention’s opening session was by Rev. V. V. Sawyer, of Providence, R. I. On behalf of a fireman of the State of Illinois, who has seen thirty-six years of service, and is now assistant chief at Bushnell—B. Firebaugh—Chief M. S. Philip, of Chicago Heights, presented to the association a handsome gavel, tied with the national colors, which was accepted by the acting president, Chief Clancy. Lieut.-Governor Emery J. San Souci, of Rhode Island, then delivered an address of welcome, after which Mayor H. Gaimer, of Providence, made an address of welcome. He handed to Cheif Clancy a golden key, as the key to the city. A pleasing response to the addresses of welcome was made by Chief John F. Healey, of Denver, Colo. The ex-presidents of the association who were present were invited to take seats on the platform. They were Chief Thomas L. Worthley, elected itt 1885; Chief Miles S. Humphreys, 1900 and 1901; Chief W. R. Joiner, 1903 and 1904; Chief George M. Kellogg, 1906; Chief Fillmore Tyson, 1908; Chief H. F. Magee, 1918. Chief T. W. Haney, 1913; and Chief Hugo R. Delfs, 1914. The minutes of the 1915 convention, which had been printed, were approved. Secretary McFall then read a number of communications. The first topic presented was “The Utility of the Triple Combination Pump.’ Hose Wagon and Chemical Engine,” the speakers being Chief Moran, of Hartford, Conn.; Chief Fiske, of Framingham, Mass., and Chief Parker, of Stamford, Conn., whose addresses will appear later. These papers were read at the morning and afternoon sessions. At the latter session, Mr. Edward A. Steidle, mining engineer, Bureau of Mines, Deparment of Interior, Washington, D. C., read, by permission of the Director of the United Bureau of Mines, a paper on topic No. 4, “Oxygen Mine Rescue Apparatus.” After the discussions on this paper City Manager Charles E. Ashburner, of Springfield, O., read a paper on topic No. 2, “The Fire Department Under the Commission Manager Form of Government.” On the evening of the first day the customary memorial services were held at the First Baptist Church. Rev. M. E. Bratclear delivered the invocation and Secretary McFall then read memorials on members of the association who have died.
The Committee on Memorial Resolutions presented suitable resolutions Sherwood Brockwell, of the North Carolina Insurance Department. Bureau of Fire, Raleigh, N. C, then delivered the memorial address. The benediction was by Rev. Mr. Bratclear.
A full report of the proceedings of the convention will appear in the next edition of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.