Eastern Chiefs Meef at Harrisburq, Pa.
Chiefs who gathered at Harrisburg, Pa., June 23-24 to attend the sixth annual convention of the Eastern Association of Fire Chiefs, were urged to apply to the Administrator of Public Works for assistance in financing department improvements.
The convention was welcomed by Mayor George A. Hoverter and Chief Charles W. Greenfield, Honorary Member of the Board of Directors, replied for the Chiefs. Talks were made by Herman A. Earley, Director of Parks and Public Property, Harrisburg, and by Chief Ross B. Davis of Philadelphia.
The second day of the gathering, the following papers were presented:
“What Advantages, if any. Are There in Pumpers of Over 750 Gallons Capacity?” by Fred Shepperd, Editor. FIRE ENGINEERING; “What Type of Illuminating Apparatus do You Use When Fighting Night Fires?” by Deputy Chief John J. T. Waldron, New York Fire Department; “Selection of Teachers to Train Men,” by Chief John Cullinan, Morristown, N. J.
The following resolution was presented by Chief R. L. Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa., President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and was approved:
WHEREAS, our government has passed a National Recovery Act that has been approved by the President which provides Three Billion, Three Hundred Million Dollars toencourage national industrial recovery; to foster fair competition and to provide for the construction of certain useful public works: and for other purposes and as a part of the general program to relieve unemployment, it is intended to create a Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, operating under the direction of the President, to prepare a comprehensive program of public works, which shall include among other things, the following:
A. Construction repair, and improvement of public highways and parkways, public buildings and any publicly owned instrumentalities and facilities.
WHEREAS, there are many cities badly in need of improved fire fighting facilities, particularly Fire Alarm Systems to enable the Fire Departments to combat the great annual loss of life and property that we are confronted with,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by this Association that the Chiefs in need of improved facilities immediately check up their requirements and make the necessary application tothe Administrator of Public Works of this Act for such financial assistance as may be necessary to complete the project.
The present officers are continued for another year. They are Ross B. Davis, Philadelphia, President; John J. T. Waldron, New York City, First Vice-President; Edward H. Warr, Baltimore, Md„ Second Vice-President; Richard Lee Smith, Pittsburgh, Treasurer; F. E. Soule, Coatesville, Pa., Secretary.