DOMINION FIRE CHIEFS DISCUSS POST-WAR PROTECTION PROBLEMS
Over 300 Attend Annual Conference Held At Quebec City; Industrial Chiefs Recognized
APPROXIMATELY 300 persons— over 100 of them ladies—registered for the thirty-sixth annual conference of the Dominion Association of Fire Chiefs, held July 11 to 14. inclusive, at the Chateau Frontenac. Quebec.
The business program included addresses by Chief Esdras Lepine of Ste. Anne de Bellevue. Quebec, on the “Formation of Police and Fire Brigades for Small Municipalities”; Chief Emilie Bond, of Hull. Quebec, on “Fire Prevention” (Chief Bond has been a several times winner of the Dominion’s Fire Prevention Trophy and this year tied with his big neighbor, Ottawa); A. S. Stead, President. Dominion Board of Fire Underwriters and President. Domi‘nion Fire Prevention Association, on “The History of Fire Insurance with Statistics and a General Review of the Work of both Organizations”; Lieutenant-Colonel Crain, Commanding Officer, Canadian Army Fire Department. Ottawa, Ont., who told about the work of his organization: F. X. Ahearn, DeputyFire Commissioner, Province of Quebec, on “Fire Laws and Fire Protection in the Province and Assistance to Small Communities in Securing Fire Apparatus, etc.”; George Maitland, VictoryAircraft, Toronto, Ont., on “The Industrial Fire Chief and His Problems”; W. J. Scott, K. C., Fire Marshal, Province of Ontario, on “The Responsibility of the Fire Chief for the Safetyof the Lives and Property of His Citizens with Special Reference to Recent Fires where there Were Fatalities”; and Chief Roi B. Woolley, Assistant Editor, Fire Engineering, on “The Problems that Will Face the Fire Service After the War.”
A Fire Marshals’ Forum was conducted by Deputy Fire Commissioner Ahearn. of Quebec, and an Industrial Fire Chiefs’ Forum, by Chief George Maitland, of VictoryPark Aircraft, Toronto.
Following the opening ceremonies, which were given in both English and French, with addresses of welcome by a representative of the Hon. Mr. Adelard Godbout. Prime Minister of Quebec, who was unable to be present; by His Worship Mr. Lucien Borne, Mayor of Quebec; and by Brigadier Edmand Blais. C. B. E. M. C., Military District No. 3. and replies to the welcome by Chief George Thibeault of Yold’or, Quebec, ami Chief W. B. Williss of Outremout, Quebec, there were impressive ceremonies for the deceased members. Chief James Armstrong. Kingston, Ont., read the obituaries of the departed. Chief C. J. Defields, Windsor. Ont., read the report of the Committee on Memorials, and memorial addresses were given in both English and French by Canon Ernest Dumals and the Reverend A. Dawson Matheson.
Courtesy W. J. Scott
During the conference there was a dinner given by the host chief, Rosaire Beaulieu and Mme. Beaulieu to officers and their ladies, and a luncheon given for the ladies at Lac Beaufort in connection with their visit to the famed Shrine of Ste. Anne de Beaupre and the Falls of Montmorency. A dinner meeting was also held by the Board of Directors to which the guests from the United States were invited.
On Wednesday afternoon a heavy rainstorm failed to mar the special boat ride on the St. Lawrence River. The climax of the entertainment was reached with a reception and luncheon for the delegates and their wives and friends, at “Spencerwood,” the home of the Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Quebec, the Honorable A. H. Fiset. They were received by the LieutenantGovernor and Madame Fiset, following which they enjoyed several hours on the beautiful grounds overlooking the St. Lawrence River.
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In the closing sessions the By-Laws were amended to provide fo,r an additional member on the Board of Directors to represent Industrial Fire Chiefs and the Credentials Committee recommended for membership twenty-seven active, eight associate and two honorary members. The selection of the place for the 1943 meeting was left to the Board of Directors.
The following officers were elected: President, Chief William Andrews, Sudbury, Ont.; First Vice President, Chief W. J. Walsh. Campbellton, N. B.; Second Vice President, Chief Angus Michie, Lachine, Que.; SecretaryTreasurer, Ex-Chief James Armstrong, Kingston, Ont.; and Assistant Secretary, Chief A. S. Clark, Lakefield, Ont. Chief Armstrong, by the way, was re-elected for the thirtieth time.
The Boa.rd of Directors consists of the above officers and the following: Chief Secord Robinson, Kapausing, Out.; Chief Harold Walton, New Toronto, Ont.; Chief W. L. Slack, Frost & Wood Company, Smith Falls, Ont., (Industrial Chiefs); Gordon Hall, BiLateral Hose Compapy, Kitchener, Ont., and Chief James J. O’Kelly, Eastern Flying School, St. Eugene, Ont., Past President.