Large Attendance and Good Discussion Excellent Entertainment Features— Exhibits a Part of Convention

PRACTICAL discussion on fire department and fire prevention matters and an excellent program of entertainment signallized the nineteenth annual convention of the Dominion Association of Fire Chiefs, which took place at Hull, Quebec, Canada, on July 25 to 28. There was a large attendance of Canadian chiefs, and the sessions were held in the Hull city hall. An extensive exhibit was also staged in a large building at Parc Royal, Hull.

Chief Alphonse Tessier, of the Hull Fire Department, presided as president of the association. Among the subjects discussed at the convention was the protection from fire of isolated farm houses and barns, and rural communities. All buildings of this character should be equipped with ample numbers of chemical and other extinguishers. Joseph Bond, speaking in French, emphasized the need of a hydrant at every street intersection and also pointed out that every public office and all general stores should be equipped with serviceable fire extinguishers. Hose, care of fire apparatus, fire prevention and other important topics were vigorously treated by the chiefs.

J. Grove Smith, Dominion fire commissioner, urged that every driver of fire apparatus be tested, cross-examined and licensed before assuming the responsibility of driving a fire apparatus.

On Tuesday, July 26, the afternoon was spent at Luna Park, Hull, and the evening closed with a banquet, given the chiefs and their families by the Hull city council.

At noon on the 26th a parade was given by the Hull Fire Deoartment, and the chiefs were the guests of the Kiwanis Club of Hull at luncheon at noon on the 27th.

The election of officers at the final session resulted in the following being chosen:

President, Chief George M. Brady, of North Bay, Ont.

First Vice-President, Chief R. Harrington, McColI Refineries, Montreal, Que.

Second Vice-President, Chief W. Phillips, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Secretary, Chief James Armstrong, Kingston, Ont.

Treasurer, Chief R. McLeod, Port Arthur, Ont.

Auditor, M. Muir, Kingston, Ont.

Directors, Chiefs Spaulding, Prescott, Ont.; Guerin, Kitchener, Ont., and Day, Pembroke, Ont.

Chiefs Tessier and Armstrong were appointed as delegates to the International Association convention at Portland, Ore. Kingston was chosen as the convention city for 1928.

The convention unanimously elected P. J. Veniot, postmaster general of Canada, as honorary president, in view of the fact that he had previously seen service as a fire chief and fire-fighter.

Chief Armstrong, of Kingston, secretary of the association, in the name of the visiting chiefs presented Fire Chief Tessier, of Hull, with a suitable engraved gold watch. Mayor Theo Lambert and Ald. W. S. Larose, president of the Hull Fire Department, to whom much of the success of the convention is due, were given pipes and tobacco pouches while Mrs. Lambert and Mrs. Larose were presented with beautiful bouquets, as was Miss Annetta Dupuis, Red Cross nurse, who had rendered valuable assistance to the visiting ladies.

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