Daly Again Heads Mass. Chiefs’ Club
Chief William F. Daley, of Brockton, was re-elected president of the Fire Chiefs’ Club of Massachusetts at the annual meeting held in the Parker House, Boston, Mass., on May 20.
Chief Patrick J. Hurley, of Holyoke, was chosen as first vicepresident and Chief Howard Upham, of Needham, as second vice-president.
Ex-chief F. O. Whitmarsh, of Braintree, was re-elected as sergeant-at-arms and the following were elected to the Board of Directors: Chief Alfred Mead, of Quincy; Chief Seldon R. Allen, of Brookline; Ex-chief J. Sullivan, of Plymouth; Chief William C. Sheppard, of Pittsfield; and Chief Charles L. McCarthy, of Worcester.
The nominating committee was composed of Chief George L. Johnson, of Waltham, chairman; Chief W. H. Hill, of Belmont: Chief James M. Casey, of Cambridge; Chief W. C. Mahoney, of Peabody; and Chief Frank L. Floyd. The auditing committee was composed of Chief Daniel Tierney, of Arlington; Chief Thomas Qualey, of Medford, and Chief W. H. Hill.
The meeting, which was preceedcd by a luncheon, was attended by 78 fire chiefs and a number of guests.
Two new members were elected to the club. They were Chief Chester L. Darnell, of Walpole, Mass.; and Chief Daniel F. Young, of Cranston, R. I.
Ex-Chief Howard A. Fiske, of Framingham, secretary of the club, made his annual report and stated that the club had 268 members including 32 honorary members. He recommended a revision of the constitution and by-laws.
Chief Sewall M. Rich, of Somerville, made the report for the club’s legislative committee.
Announcement was made of the deaths of four members of the club since the last meeting, namely Ex-Chief William U. Davol, of Fall River: Fire Alarm Superintendent Alonzo F. Coggins, of Winthrop: Fire Alarm Supt. Percy A. Blaisdell, of Everett; and Ex-Chief William Arnold, of Salem.
President Daley appointed committees to draw up suitable memorial resolutions as follows: for Ex-Chief Davol—Chief Sullivan, of Fall River; Chief Edward F. Dahill, of New Bedford; and Chief Fred Leonard, of Taunton; for Supt. Blaisdell— Chief Philip A. Ham, of Everett; Supt. Frank Moody, of the Lynn fire alarm office; and Warren King, ex-fire alarm superintendent of Peabody; for Ex-Chief Arnold—Chief Kimball, of Salem; Ex-Chief John Adams, of Marblehead; and Chief Robert Grant of Beverly; for Supt. Coggins—Chief James Warnock, of Swampscott, Chief Warren S. Belcher, of Winthrop; and Fix-Chief Whitmarsh, of Braintree.
The topic for discussion was “Should the Fire Chiefs’ Club Adopt a Standard Specification for Fire Hose?” C. J. Krieger told of the labeled hose of the Underwriters’ Laboratories and of the tests required for such hose. Chief Dahill, of New Bedford, told of his experience with bursting hose and of the adoption of standard specifications in his city. He said that he bad once condemned 7000 ft. of hose in a single year and 7,500 ft. in another year, but that since the specifications were adopted there bad been no further trouble with hose in New Bedford. He pointed out that the character of service rather than the length of time should be considered in judging the condition of hose.
Chief Sennott, of Boston, said: “We need the best ammunition we can get and the best quality of hose is required for fire department use.” The chief said that in the recent Quincy market fire in Boston he used 9,500 feet of hose at 175 pounds pressure with no line over 350 feet in length and that not a single length of hose burst.
Chief James M. Casey, of Cambridge, and Chief Frank Morris, of Lawrence, also told of their experiences with various kinds of hose. A vote of thanks was extended to Mr. Krieger for his address but it was decided to take no action at present regarding the adoption of hose specifications.
Chief John W. O’Hearn, of Watertown, secretary of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs, told of plans for the coming convention to be held on June 23, 24, and 25 in Pittsfield, Mass., and Chief Shepard, of the latter city extended a cordial invitation to all present to visit his city during the convention.
Before adjournment the following committees were named for the ensuing year: Topic Committee—Chief Edward F. Dahill, of New Bedford; Chief Sewall M. Rich, of Somerville, Chief Seldon Allen, of Brookline; Chief Daggett, of Springfield; and Chief Sennott, of Boston.
Fellowship Committee—Chief Johnson, of Waltham; Chief Casey, of Cambridge; and Ex-Chief Pierce, of Arlington.
Membership Committee—Western, Chief Shepard, of Pittsfield; Chief J. H. Marlow, of Northampton. Central, Chief McCarthy, of Worcester; Chief A. A. Fowler, of Gardner, Eastern, Chief Tierney, of Arlington, and Chief J. H. Neary, of Natick. Northern, Chief W. E. Hawkins, of Haverhill, and Chief E. N. Bartlett, of Billerica. Southern, Chief Fred A. Clark, of Attleboro, and Chief Daley, of Brockton.