Cooperation Emphasized by Westchester Chiefs
Cooperation and mutual assistance was the keynote at the first meeting of the season of the Fire Chiefs Emergency Plan of Westchester County, which was held at the fire house of Hose Company No. 2, Barry Avenue, Mamaroneck, N. Y., on Wednesday evening, October 21. There were 61 members present. The Plan was welcomed by Chief Harriott and former Chief Lemon, of Mamaroneck.
Judge Hoop, Bronxville, gave an interesting report for the Legislative Committee, and assured the members that the differences as to the law on benefits for injuries to volunteer firemen would be thrashed out with the New York legislature and proper legislation on this subject would be passed, if he could possibly bring that about.
President Woolley welcomed Chiefs Odell, Rye, and Schroeder, Harrison, who were elected members. Five others were also elected to membership.
Chief LeVino, Weaver Street Fire Department, Chairman of the Educational Committee, called on Deputy Chief Benrimo, who described a fire in the Bonny Briar Golf Club’s house. It seems that the Mamaroneck whistle had failed to blow, and when the Chief arrived at the fire, at night, there was only himself and a driver to handle it. The club house was looked upon as one of the worst hazards in that neighborhood. It was quite late, and there were no telephones available. Then, just as he was at a loss what to do and the fire was rapidly gaining in intensity, the Larchmont crew arrived with its truck, sent by Chief Pedersen, who had been notified of the fire, and the club house was saved.
Another case was that of a woman overcome by gas More oxygen was needed by the hospital, and in six minutes the White Plains Rescue Truck arrived with the necessary supply, saving the woman’s life.
Chief Brennan, Pelham Manor, suggested that fifteen minutes on the air be devoted to a fire prevention talk during Fire Prevention Week, next year. Chief Griffen. White Plains, thought that there should be a local speaker in each town.
On invitation of Chief Brennan, the Plan decided to hold its next meeting at Fire Headquarters, Pelham Manor, on the evening of Wednesday, November 18. Refreshments were served by the local department, after the meeting.