Dr. Archer Talks to Maryland Firemen

Dr. Archer Talks to Maryland Firemen

The annual convention of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association on June 11, 12 and 13 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, Md., was one of the best attended and one of the most enthusiastic in the thirty-eight years history of the association. Real Baltimorian hospitality, thanks to the initiative and generosity of Fire Chief August Emrich of Baltimore, coupled with a program of entertainment and exhibition, helped to make the convention one of the liveliest in the annals of the state.

The officers for 1930-31 are: President, H. T. Wentz of Lineboro; Senior Vice-President, Henry Hedeman (90 years old and the oldest volunteer fireman in the state); First VicePresident, Noble F. Rushe of Hyattsville; Second Vice-President, E. B. Miller, Sr., of Sparrows Point; Secretary, George R. Lindsay of Hagerstown; Treasurer, Frank C. Ort of Midland; Trustee, Leo N. Moore of Havre de Grace and Chaplain Conrad J. Herpich of Cumberland. Ocean City, on the eastern shore was selected for the 1931 convention. It is a summer resort. Frostburg made a strong bid for the convention, but the summering place prevailed.

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The convention was called to order by Fire Commissioner John J. McGinity, Fire Commissioner of Baltimore. The opening prayer was delivered by the Rev. J. R. Hedeman, son of the last surviving members of the old Baltimore volunteer firemen. The Hon. William F. Broening, Mayor of Baltimore made the address of Welcome.

The response to the address of welcome was delivered by Hon. Charles A. Jording, President of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the city of Baltimore. President Samuel Simmel also responded and Mrs. A. E. Barker sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”

A xylophone and piano duet was played by Fireman John Mannix of the Baltimore Fire Department and his son. Dr. Hedeman sang a baritone solo.

Calvin H. Lauber. of the National Board of Fire Underwriters spoke, as did Fred Shepperd, Managing Editor of FIRE ENGINEERING, whose topic was “discipline and Co-operation of Volunteer Fire Companies.”

The headliner of the second day of the convention was Dr. Harry M. Archer, Honorary Medical Officer, F. D. N. Y., whose topic was “Artificial Respiration and Resuscitation.” This talk lasted an hour and was especially attended by 700 uniformed members of the Baltimore Fire Department who are skilled in American Red Cross and first aid training. They wear the Red Cross on their left sleeve. Dr. Archer’s address was preceded by a vociferous demonstration in honor of Fire Chief John Kenlon of New York, who stopped off at Baltimore en route from Washington, D. C., where he conferred with United States Senator Royal S. Copeland of New York on the subject of fire hazards at the national capital. Chief Kenlon was occupying an unostentatious place in the back row of the convention hall when Chief Emrich discovered him and escorted him to the platform, where he received a flattering reception and made a few brief remarks of appreciation for the signal honors and manifestations accorded him.

Dr. Archer’s talk was most instructive. He deviated from medical and surgical language and terms and spoke to the assembled firemen in “engine house parlance” which they seemed to relish.

The session closed with a demonstration of the Baltimore Fire Department’s high pressure system. The test was made in front of the City Hall where a four-inch nozzle was used on what the Baltimorians call “jumbo set.” It is a turret pipe screwed into a manhole in the highway by removing a manhole cover and tapping the high pressure main at 260 pounds pressure. It did noble work by volume, while deck guns on several hose wagons demonstrated their effectiveness as well.

The convention closed with a grand parade which lasted an hour. All Baltimore turned out for the firemen. The newspapers had the most glowing editorials. It was truly firemen’s day. Thousands upon thousands lined every available point of vantage to see the parade, which was reviewed by Mayor Broening, Chief Emrich, the members of the Board of Fire Commissioners, Dr. Archer of New York and most of the Baltimore city officials.

Otherwise the convention was one of the most successful the association has held. The firemen from the countryside and the mountainside of the state as well as from the sidewalks of Baltimore had a real good time, as did the Ladies’ Auxiliary, the chairman of which was Mrs. August Emrich.


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