Eastern Association Meets

Eastern Association Meets

Former Deputy Chief John Woldron, a Past President of the Eastern Association of Fire Chiefs installs the new officers. They are, left to right. Chief Edwin J. Clark, Secretary; Chief L. Ellis Wagner, retiring President; Chief Lewis Zimmer, President; Chief Edward McDonald, First VicePresident; Deputy Chief F. Lee Cockey, Second Vice-President and Clarence Dougal, Treasurer

Photo by K. B. Rid_____ey

The 29th Annual Conference of the Eastern Association of Fire Chiefs was held May 7 through 9 at the Hotel Sheraton, Rochester, N. Y. Chief Walter J. Adams and his Rochester staff drew warm praise for the excellent conference arrangements.

A highlight of the three-day program was the demonstration of training and fire fighting at the Rochester Fire and Police Academy. A class of 22 rookies displayed their proficiency under the direction of Deputy Chief John F. Hurley. An inspection of the Maintenance Shops followed with Deputy Chief Louis E. Vogt in charge.

Officers elected for the 1956-57 term are: President, Chief Louis Zimmer, Maplewood, N. J.; First Vice-President, Chief Edward J. MacDonald, White Plains, N. Y.; Second Vice-President, Deputy Chief F. Lee Cockey, Towson, Md. Chief Edwin J. Clark, Wayne, Pa., was re-elected Secretary and Clarence H. Dougal, re-elected Treasurer.

Prior to adjournment, an invitation to hold the 1957 Conference in Baltimore, Md., was extended by Chief Michael H. Lotz. The assembly voted to accept.

Greetings from the International Association of Fire Chiefs were extended by B. Richter Townsend, Secretary-Manager. Among those that addressed the assembly were: Allen L. Cobb, Safety Director of Kodak Park and Past President of the NFPA; Chief Ward Bohner, SecretaryTreasurer, New York State Fire Chiefs Association, Colonel Robert N. Abbot, CD Director of Monroe County and Charles Pottes, Counsel, New York State Legislative Committee on Fire Laws.

The ladies in attendance were treated to a full program of activities including a fashion show and a bus tour.

Eastern Association Meets


Eastern Association Meets

The Eastern Association of Fire Chiefs held its 20th Annual Conference Monday. August 18. 1947, at the Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City.

The gathering, which included 356 registered members, with perhaps again that number of guests, was timed to dovetail with the 74th Annual Conference of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, which opened the following day.

And Now It's Chief Fenchen of the Hotel Pennsylvania John A. Fenchen. Sales Manager of Hotel Pennsylvania, is shown above being inducted as a Junior Chief upon the occasion of the convention of the Eastern Association of Fire Chiefs, recently held at the Hotel Pennsylvania. Charley Clark. Secretary of the Eastern Association. places the hat on John Fenchen's head as Deputy Chief John J. T. Waldron of New York looks on.

The conference was called to order by Chief William G. Wandras, President. Following the invocation and the singing of the national anthem the members were welcomed to the city by Deputy Fire Commissioner Harry M. Archer, for Fire Commissioner Frank J. Quayle, who was unable to attend. “Doc” Archer, who numbered many friends among the chiefs, spoke of the good old days and felicitated the delegates upon their deliberations.

The reply to the Commissioner’s address of welcome was delivered by former Chief of the Arlington works, Charles Greenfield, of Arlington, N. J. After this came routine business of the conference and the first business address of the day by Herbert A. Friede, who described the “latest development in radio fire alarm communication,” a new device which serves much the same as the conventional corner fire alarm box but transmits its signal by radio rather than by wire circuits, at the same time sounding warnings for alerting the nearest law officer.

The address “Today’s Problems in Selling Your Fire Department” by Chief Roi Woolley, Assistant Editor FIKK ENGINEERING, was deferred in favor of Mr. Friede’s demonstration. It will be included in the printed proceedings of the Convention.

The afternoon’s session opened with an address by Edgar A. Spotz, Adviser, Fire Service Training, Pennsylvania Public Service Institute, entitled “Fire Training in Pennsylvania.” Motion pictures of the Pennsylvania State Fire School were shown by R. C. Heagy, Lancaster. Pa., after which Chief Joseph J. Scherer. Hammond (Ind.) Fire Department spoke on “The Place of Carbon Dioxide in Municipal Fire Fighting.”

An amusing interlude in the conference came when, with appropriate ceremonies, Mr. John A. Fcnchen, General Sales Manager of the Hotel Pennsylvania (Convention Headquarters), was duly initiated into the fire service and presented with the “badge,” and other regalia of a full-fledged fire chief.

Two further papers were discussed in the afternoon session; one had for its subject the “Importance of Inspections by hire Departments” and this was handled by Leon Watson, Newark Schedule Rating Bureau. The other, delivered by Hubert Walker, Manager, M. F. A. Sales Engineering Department, American-LaFrance-Foamite Corp., Elmira, was captioned “What Firemen Should Know About Ladders.”

Chief Wandras recounted the progress of the Association in his President’s address, following which there were the customary committee reports, reading of resolutions and the simple memorial services for the deceased members. Prayer was delivered by Rev. Frederick R. Frohnhoefer, S.J., St. Francis Xavier’s College, New York City.

There was no change in the officers of the Association. They remain—President, Chief Wm. G. Wandras, Kearny, N. J.; First Vice President, Chief Rudolph Swanson, Jamestown, N. Y.; Second Vice President, Supt. Herbert Friede, Washington, D. C.; Treasurer, former Chief George L. Mitchell, East Orange, N. J., and Secretary, former Chief Charles E. Clark, Wayne, Pa.