DOMINION ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS
Notes from the Field
Kingston, Ont., May 22nd, 1920.
Dear Chief—Have you made arrangements to attend the 12th Annual Convention at St. Thomas, Ont., August 3-4-5-6th. If not. WHY? Are you a member of the Association. If not. WHY? I am enclosing herewith Application for Membership card for your serious consideration, and a letter addressed to the Head of the Municipal Council has been sent to your Municipal Clerk, requesting that you be enrolled as a member with us and also that provision be made for payment of your expenses in attending this year’s Convention. Will you kindly enquire from the Clerk if he has received this communication and also see that it reaches the Council or proper committee so that the way may be cleared for you attending the Convention.
Chief A. Henderson is making all necessary arrangements so as to provide hotel accommodations for those attending, and you are urgently urged to at once make reservation if you intend to be present.
Chief A. S. Kappele, Chairman of the Committee on Exhibits, is working hard to secure the largest and best exhibit of Fire Apparatus, Tools, and Department Supplies that has ever been exhibited at the Conventions.
The Board of Directors have decided that this year the program shall largely consist of Round Table Discussions, and only two set Topics are down for discussion. One of these has regard to the proper Care and Maintenance of Storage Batteries for Fire Alarm Telegraph Systems and the other an address by Dominion Fire Commissioner J. Grove Smith, on Fire Prevention and matters related thereto. If you have any suggestions to make for the Round Table discussions please forward them to me without delay so that I may include them in the program of business of the Convention.
A proposition was made to your Board of Directors in reference to the inauguration of a Dominion Fire College or Training School for Officers and Firemen, and it was decided to approve of the principle and to appoint a committee to take up the matter with the authorities and report to the Convention as to all details, location and syllabus of the proposed College. The committee appointed was as follows:
Alberta, Chief R. Davies, Edmonton; British Columbia, Asst. Chief C. Thompson, Vancouver; Manitoba, Chief H. E. Rose, St. Vital; New Brunswick, Chief George Ackman, Moncton; Nova Scotia, Chief J. F. Churchill, Halifax; Ontario, Chief J. W. Graham, Ottawa; Quebec, Chief A. Tessier, Hull; Saskatchewan, Chief W. A. White, Regina; and the Secretary of the Association.
I may also add that at their annual meeting held in the City of Ottawa, May 12-13th, the Dominion Fire Prevention Association appointed two members to act on a similar committee.
Enclosed herewith you will find a copy of letter from the Dominion Fire Commissioner, J. Grove Smith, under date of March 23rd, outlining the general scheme and a suggested syllabus for the proposed College.
A number of copies of the 1919 book of proceedings, Calgary Convention, are yet on hand and if you desire a copy sent to your Chairman or other member of the Council I will be pleased to do so as long as the supply lasts.
As I requeted in my former circular, will you kindly forward to me the names of any Chiefs who are not members of the Association so that I may send them invitations to attend this year’s Convention.
As the International Association of Fire Engineers are meeting this year in the City of Toronto, Ont., it will be possible for those of our members who come from outside the Province of Ontario, and in some cases even from Ontario, to arrange to attend both Conventions with very little added expense. The dates of the International Convention being July 26 to 30th inclusive. Any information required as to either our own or the International Convention will be furnished by your secretary on request