Convention of Pacific Coast Association of Fire Chiefs.
The 17th annual convention of the Pacific Coast Association of Fire Chiefs was held in Seattle September 7 to 10. There were 40 chiefs present at the opening session and the gathering throughout was a highly profitable one. Seldom does a fire convention witness such a practical demonstration of the workings of the local department as the Pacific Coast chiefs did. The $165,OOf) fire on the sixth floor of the big manufactures’ exchange building occured on the morning of the third day and was witnessed by most of the visiting chiefs. An excellent demonstration of the wafer tower was given, if Chief Bringhurst had not had it at his disposal it is likely the fire would not have been confined to the one building.
The papers and discussions of the first day bore principally on the subject of better buildings as a means of tire prevention. The paper on fire prevention was bv Fire Marshal Kellogg, of Seattle. The leading paper the second day was by Chief Bringhurst, of Seattle This paper was on “Fire Barriers and Water Distribution.” He advocated that frame buildings be built :$ ft. from the property lines and also advocated the building of fire walls. Sprinkling systems in buildings were also advocated. YV. J. Kingsley, chief of the Everett fire department. submitted a paper on “Fire Extinguishers in Dry Kilns.” Chief Thomas Davis, of Victoria, submitted a paper on “Hook and Ladder Truck Service.” In the demonstration of some of the statements in the paper Chief Davis and Chief Kingsley carried Chief Raymond, of Olympia, about the building demonstrating a new means of handling disabled firemen. Chief Schuller, of Ellensburg, submitted a paper on “hire Alarm Telephones in Small Towns.” In the discussion that followed, it was generally conceded that the telephone system was not the best in small towns, although it had worked well in some places. The electrical signal was found to be better.
‘hhe morning session of the closing day was taken up with the reading and discussion of a paper by C ity Electrician Howard Joslyn, of Seattle, on “hire Alarm Telegraph Sys“tems.” In the discussion that followed the question was whether gongs, large bells or whistles were best for alarms. Tt was generally conceded t h a t gongs were best, although some of the chiefs insisted that whistles were better. The other principal paper was by Chief H. TT. Carlisle, of Vancouver, B. C.. on the “Comparative Cost of Maintenance of Automobiles and HorseDrawn Apparatus.” It was the belief of Chief Carlisle that a motordriven piece of apparatus would be cheaper than one drawn by horses, taking a period of twenty years. In addition, he stated that the a ut m obi l e a ppa rat us carried double the amount of hose, could cover more territory in faster time and answer more alarms than the horse-drawn apparatus. The fire chiefs generally approved of motordriven apparatus except in the case of the steam fire engines which they believed should be hauled by horses.
After the committee reports at the closing session, a resolution was adopted commending the work of Chief Bringhurst and his men in lighting the Manufacturers’ Exchange building lire.
Stockton, Cal., was designated as the place of the next meeting, the date to be announced later.
The election of officers resulted in the choice of Chief Bringhurst for President. Chief M. McCann, of Stockton, was elected first vice-president; Chief A. TT. Myers, of Spokane, treasurer; Chief A. A. Symner, of Anacortes, secretary. Chief J. F.. Shrewsbury. of Long Beach, was elected vice-president for California: Chief Joseph Jones, of I.a Grande, for Oregon: Chief C. S. Ferris, of Lewiston, for Idaho; Chief R. S. Mentrum, of Anaconda, for Montana; Chief C. J. Warren, of Arlington, for Washington: Chief Thomas Davis, of Victoria, for British Columbia, and Chief James Smart, of Calgary, for Alberta.
Among those present were the following: Chief A. TI. Myers. Spokane: Chief James YVood, Renton: Chief G. Q. Stryker, Snohomish: Chief Thomas Davis, Victoria, B. C.: H. P. Wand, Vancouver, B. C.: Howard Joslyn. Seattle: Chief H. E. Smith. Roslyn; (hief J. E. Throw. Wenatchee: Chief W. H. Bush. Montesano: Chief F. C. Miller, Centralia: Chief F. TT Grabner, Raker City, Ore.: ( hief J. T. Marsh. Bellingham: Chief W. Metz. Walla Walla: Chief J. L. Vaughan, Pendleton, (fire.: G. E. Morlev. Tacoma: Chief F. H. Kelly. Wallace, Idaho: Chief George McAlevy. Tacoma: Chief James Jones. La Grande. Ore.: ex-Chief TT. Roberts, Seattle: Chief John Parkins, Nanaimo. R. C.: ex-Chief M. Fox, Baker City. Ore.: ex-Chief C. W. Hauser. North Yakima: Chief M. McCann. Stockton. Cal.: Chief V A. Sumner, Anacortes; Chief C. S. F’crris. Lewiston, Tdaho; Chief E. B. Raymond. Olympia: Chief R. S. Metistrum, Anaconda. Mont.: Chief II, D. Briggs, Eugene, Ore.; exChicf G. Kellogg, Seattle; Chief H. YV. Bringhurst, Seattle: Chief A. Reese, Cle Elum; Chief J. H. Carlisle, Vancouver, B. C; Assistant t hief C. Y. Thompson, Vancouver, B. C.; Chief J. E. Shrewsbury, Long Beach, Cal.: ex-Chief J. L. Phillips, Spokane: Mr. F. A. Wood, Seattle; thief A. M. Clifford, Pasadena, Cal.; Chief C. J. Warren. Arlington.