Convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers

Convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers

(Special Dispatch to FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERIN.)

Chicago, Ill., June 4, 1918.

The forty-sixth annual convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers has opened successfully with indications pointing to a meeting of notable interest. The attendance on hand for the first day was large and trains from various sections of the country are bringing more delegates, so that the convention may well be set down as an average meeting. The officers of the association were early on hand, cordially greeting their many friends, and Chief Thomas O’Connor and his assistants are all tuned up for the occasion and are extending a cordial welcome to the visiting chiefs, and their stay in the city will without doubt be one of unusual interest. The present indications are that the program arranged will not be changed in any important respect. The convention is held on the spacious convention floor of the Hotel Sherman and adjoining the meeting hall is the exihibit room, in charge of Chief W. B. Cody, of Atlanta, Ga., the chairman of the Exhibit Committee. There has been much favorable comment upon the souvenir edition of FIRE AND WATER ENGIEERING and the valuable matter contained in it. The journal was much admired. A full report of the convention proceedings will appear in a later issue.

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Convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers

The plans for the convention to be held in Chicago, Ill., on June 4 to 6, by the International Association of IFire Engineers, are progressing successfully and the indications are that the meeting will be one of unusual interest. There are two special reasons for this. One is that no meeting was held last year, and so it is a long time since the chiefs have met for an interchange of greetings and discussion of problems of practical value to them, and the other is the fact that war conditions have resulted in increased and new fire hazards, and the convention will afford opportunity for the chiefs to compare notes on measures taken and available to best meet the new conditions. The importance of the city of Chicago, where the convention will be held, is also serving to increase interest in the meeting and likewise the accessibility of the city may well be expected to have a favorable effect on the attendance. There is much in Chicago to interest the chiefs from all over the country. For one thing, the opportunity of inspecting the important fire department of that city, commanded by Chief Thomas O’Connor, will interest _ them. From indications a large gathering of chiefs may be looked for and a notably successful annual meeting, the first convention since that of 1916, is expected.