Many Famous Sights Included in Itinerary

UNDER the Direction of Chief James T. Keegan of the Newark. N. J., Salvage Corps, 227 Washington Street, Newark, N. J., an excellent tour has been planned for the eastern members of the I. A. F. C., both to and from the annual convention in Spokane, Wash. The convention trip this year promises a most interesting time for all.

The itinerary follows:

Monday, July 29

Leave New York, Pennsylvania Station. 1:50 P.M. (E.S.T.)

Leave Newark. N. .J . . . . 2:04 P.M (E.S.T.)

Leave Elizabeth. N. .J.. 2:10 P.M. (E.S.T.)

Leave North Philadelphia, Pa……… 3:17 P.M. (E.S.T.)

Leave Washington, 1). c………… 1:45 P.M. (E.S.T.)

Leave Baltimore, Md. 2:34 P.M. (E.S.T.)

Leave Harrisburg, Pa.. 5:10 P.M. (E.S.T.)

Dinner in the dining car.

Leave Pittsburgh, Pa.. 10:59 P.M. (E.S.T.)

Tuesday, July 30

Arrive Chicago, Ill., 6:45 A.M. (C.S.T.): members will take breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant, located in Union Station. After breakfast members will be transferred by special bus to the Navy Pier, where we will board Chicago-Milwaukee Steamer the “City of Grand Rapids” for trip to Milwaukee.

Arrive Milwaukee, Wis., 1:45 P.M. (C.S.T.) On arrival members will board special sightseeing buses for trip through Downtown Milwaukee; Mitchell Park, ten minuate stop to inspect conservatory, with its floral display and sunken garden; Civic Center; Public Library: Boulevards, and stopping at a famous brewery for refreshments. Dinner at the Hotel Schroeder.

Wednesday, July 31

Leave Milwaukee, Wis., 1:00 A.M. (C.S. T.) Westward through the Great Plains Country of Minnesota and the Dakotas, the trail follows the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition—touches sections steeped in Indian lore, crosses the Missouri at Morbridge, South Dakota, and penetrates at last to the mountain country of Montana. From Harlowton, Montana, over the Big Belts, Rockies and Bitter Roots to Avery, Idaho, the line is electrified, and boasts of its 656 miles of electrification.

Thursday, August 1

Breakfast in the dining car.

Arrive (Gallatin Gateway, 11 A.M. (M.T.) Lunch at Gallatin Gateway Inn.

Promptly after lunch you leave Gallatin Gateway Inn in luxurious motor coaches of the Yellowstone Park Company. In a short time you pass under the mighty log arch of the Gallatin Gateway and enter spectacular Gallatin Canyon. Crossing dozens of creeks with picturesque, western names, you enter the boundaries of Yellowstone; then branch off to cross and recross lovely Grayling Creek. The road Winds through the Madison National Forest, skirts Hebgen Lake, crosses the Madison and brings you to West Yellowstone your official entrance to the Park.

From West Yellowstone the route follows the Madison through Christmas Tree Park, and then down the lovely valley of the Firehole river Into Geyserland.

We see Fountain. Great Fountain. Riverside and Giant geysers, Morning Glory Pool and Fountain Paint Pot, and reach Old Faithful where we will have dinner and spend the night. And here is “Old Faithful,” the most famous geyser in the world. Double-room accommodations are provided for over-night stop at Old Faithful Inn.

Friday, August 2

Breakfast at Old Faithful Inn.

At 8:15 A.M. you leave Old Faithful Inn and motor across the Continental Divide. Your destination is Grand Canyon, but en route many are the amazing spectacles that greet your eyes. We arrive Grand Canyon at 11:55 A.M. and take lunch at Grand Canyon Inn. At 2:30 P.M. members leave Grand Canyon for fascinating motor trip over Dunraven Pass. You view Tower Falls, well named because of the numerous towers and pinnacles. Nearby is the lower end of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, with its perpendicular cliffs more than five hundred feet high. Leave Mammoth Hot Springs at 6:25 P.M. for motor trip past Obsidian Cliff. Norris Geyser Basin, and arrive Grand Canyon at 8:30 P.M. Double-room accommodations provided for our overnight stop at the Grand Canyon Hotel.

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Trip of Eastern Regulars

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Saturday, August 3

Breakfast and lunch at Grand Canyon.

Forenoon devoted to exploring Yellowstone’s world-renowned Canyon. To many visitors, the Grand Canyon is the high point of Yellowstone. At 12:30 P.M., members board motor cars for return trip to Gallatin Gateway, passing hundreds of other interesting sights, arriving at Gallatin Inn at 5:00 P.M. Dinner at Gallatin Gateway Inn.

Lv. Gallatin Gateway Station

(MT) 8:00 P.M.

Sunday, August 4

Arrive Spokane, Wash., 9:00 A.M. (P.T.) Meals at individual pleasure and expense while in Spokane.

August 5-August 8

Attending Sixty-eighth Annual Convention of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Friday, August 9

Leave Spokane, Wash…5:00 A.M. (P.T.) Our journey continues across the States of Oregon and Idaho. A truly enjoyable day of “sightseeing” from your train window.

Saturday, August 10

Arrive Salt Lake City, Utah, 9:55 A.M. (M. T). Motor coaches of the Utah Transportation Company meet us upon our arrival and take us for tour featuring the many historic and romantic points, including the Mormon Temple, Tabernacle, Brigham Young’s house, his private burial ground and monument, State Capitol, Fort Douglas, the famous Wasatch Drive and a portion of the Old Mormon Trail, homes of early Mormon Pioneers and beautiful residential district, returning for a delightful noonday organ recital in the Tabernacle.

Lunch at the Utah Hotel—across the street from the Tabernacle. At 2:00 P.M. board buses for visit to Great Salt Lake, a memorable trip for both old and young. A stop is made at Saltair. At 9:00 P.M. buses leave the hotel for transfer to station.

Leave Salt Like City…..9:30 P.M. (M.T.)

Sunday, August 11

Arrive Denver, Colorado.7:25 P.M. (M.T.)

Leave Denver, Colorado. . 8:00 P.M. (M.T)

Monday, August 12

During the day your ride across the States of Iowa and Illinois is both interesting and restful.

Arrive Chicago, Ill…..7:55 P.M. (C.S.T.) On arrival Chicago, members will have time to walk around and exercise themselves while our cars are being switched from the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad to the Union Station. Cars should be available at Union Station about 10:00 P.M.

Leave Chicago, Ill. (Union Station), 10:15 P.M. (C.S.T.)

Tuesday, August 13

Breakfast in the dining car.

Arrive Pittsburgh, Pa… 8:00 A.M. (E.S.T.) Lunch in the dining car.

Arrive Harrisburg. Pa. .1:42 P.M. (E.S.T.) Arrive Baltimore, Md.4:08 P.M. (E.S.T.) Arrive Washington, D. C………………4 :55 P.M. (E.S.T.)

Arrive North Philadelphia …………….3:44 P.M. (E.S.T.)

Arrive Elizabeth, N. J. .4:53 P.M. (E.S.T.)

Arrive Newark, N. J….5:01 P.M. (E.S.T.)

Arrive New York, Pennsylvania Station …..5:20 P.M. (E.S.T.)

Free Space for Exhibitors at Dominion Meeting

Arrangements have been made for ample free space for all exhibits of fire department equipment at the convention headquarters of the Thirty-second Annual Convention of the Dominion Association of Fire Chiefs which is to be held in Brantford, Out., August 27 to the 30. The afternoon of August 27 will be set aside for the exhibition of fire apparatus, and equipment.

Great Lakes and Ohio Chiefs to Meet

The joint program has been announced for the twenty-third annual convention of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, and the Great Lakes Division, I. A. F. C., which will be held at the Deshler-Wallick Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, June 18 to 20.

The Exhibit Committee consists of Chief Harry L. King, East Cleveland, Ohio, Chairman, and Chief Charles A. Delaney, Lakewood, Ohio.

The Program Committee consists of H. J. Manning, Chief Engineer, Ohio Inspection Bureau, Columbus, Chairman; Chief Thomas J. McFarland, Marion, Ohio, and Chief E. P. Welch, Columbus.

The program of the combined meeting follows:

Monday June 17

8:30 p.m.—Welcoming Party—All delegates to be guests of Local 67, International Association of Fire Fighters.

Tuesday, June 18

8:00-10:00 a.m.—Registration—Great Lakes Division at Neil House. Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association at DeshlerWallick Hotel. Badges, Official Programs, etc., will be furnished chiefs upon registration. All sessions hereafter for all delegates, unless otherwise noted, will he held jointly at the Deshler-Wallick Hotel.

10:00 a.m.—Convention called or order, Chief Vincent Malloy, President, Salem, Ohio.

Singing of “America.”

Invocation—Rev. Paul Kaefer, Chaplain, Columbus Fire Department.

Official Greeting—Hon. Floyd F. Green, Mayor, Columbus, Ohio.

Address of Welcome—Delmar Starkey, Secretary, Chamber of Commerce, Columbus, Ohio.

Memorial Address—Rev. Father George Foley, Chaplain, Columbus Fire Department.

President’s Annual Address and Appointment of Committees.

Reading of Minutes of Previous Convention.

Reading of Communications.

Adjourn for Lunch.

Tuesday Afternoon

1:30 p.m.—Adddess—John P. Redmond, Vice-President, International Association of Fire Fighters, and Battalion Chief of the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago.

“Prevent,” Mr. Harry L. Sain, Assistant Superintendent, The Industrial Commission of Ohio, Division of Safety & Hygiene, Columbus, Ohio.

“Modern Ladder Equipment,” Illustrated with Motion Pictures, Hugh Walker, Chief Engineer, American-La-France-Foamite Corporation, Elmira, N. Y.

Exhibitors Demonstration—Time and place to be announced.

Tuesday Evening

8:00 p.m.—Chief’s Stag and Smoker—Columbus Athletic Club—Courtesy Seagrave Corporation, Columbus, Ohio.

Wednesday, June 19

9:30 a.m.—Combined Meeting—Chief Officers of Municipal Paid, Volunteer and Industrial Fire Departments.

Reports of Legislative Committees on “Gasoline Handling and Trucking Regulations,” “Fireworks Legisation.” and “Rest Homes.”—Chairman, Chief E. P. Welch.

“How to Teach Men in the Fire Service Methods of Instructing,” Roy. D. Bundy, Industrial Co-ordinator, Cleveland Board of Education, Cleveland, Ohio. “Program of the I. A. F. C.,“ Ralph J. Scott, Managing Director, International Association of Fire Chiefs.

All members of various sections come prepared to introduce any other subjects of interest for discussion. Introduction of Exhibitors.

Wednesday Afternoon

1:00 p.m.—Business Meeting and Election of Officers—Great Lakes Division, I. A. F. C., Neil House.

2:00 p.m.—Visit to Ohio Penitentiary (both organizations).

Visit to Local Brewery (both organizations).

Wednesday Evening

6:30 p.m.—Banquet and Floor Show— Deshler-Wallick Hotel.

Dr. Wayne Brehm, Chairman, Franklin Council, American Legion, Toastmaster. Short Talks—Hon. Floyd F. Green, Mayor, Columbus, Ohio; Geo. M. Ward. Director of Public Safety, Columbus, Ohio.

Address—T. Alfred Fleming, Supervisor of Conservation Department, National Board of Fire Underwriters, New York, N. Y.

Thursday, June 20

9:30 a.m.—Reports—

Resolution Committee.


Auditing Committee.

Nominating Committee.

Election of New Officers.

Selection of 1940 Convention City. Adjournment.

Ladies’ Program


8:00 p.m.—Theatre Party—Ohio Theatre.


2:00 p.m.—Visit A. T. U. Building, State Office Building and City Hall.

8:00 p.m.—Bridge and Tea—Deshler-Wallick Hotel (prizes).


10:00 a.m.—Visit to Columbus Zoo.

2:00 p.m.—Visit Ohio Penitentiary.

6:30 p.m.—Banquet and Floor Show—Deshler-Wallick Hotel.

New England Chiefs to Meet at Dixville Notch, N. H.

Plans have been completed for the eighteenth annual convention of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs, which will be held at The Balsams, Dixville Notch, N. H., June 25 to 27. The program follows:

Monday. June 24

6:00 p.m.—Registration at Balsams. Exhibition opens in Exposition Building.

Tuesday, June 25

10:30 a.m.—Opening of Convention by President Samuel J. Pope, Hotel Ballroom. Invocation by Rev. Michael F. Collins, Chaplain, New England Association of Fire Chiefs. Addresses of Welcome: Governor Francis P. Murphy, New Hampshire; Gaston C. Cournoyer, City Clerk, Berlin, N. H.; Fred M. Dodge, President, New Hampshire Fire Chiefs Association. Response to Addresses of Welcome: Chief John S. Pachl, Annex Fire Department, New Haven, Conn.

Memorial Exercise

Selection by Quartette. Roll-Call of Deceased Members Since Last Convention.


Memorial Address: Rev. Michael F. Collins, Chaplain.

Tuesday Afternoon

2:00 p.m.—R. M. Cadman, Superintendent, Engineering Department, The Schedule Rating Office of New Jersey. Topic: “Leakage of Gasoline From Underground Storage Tanks.”

E. J. McCarthy, General Sales Manager, The Gamewell Company, Newton Upper Falls, Mass. Topic: “Delayed Alarms.” Kenneth H. Erskine, Local Manager, Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance Co., Chairman Public Relations Comm. Bay State Club, Boston. Topic: “Before and After.”

C. Wm. Johnson, Asst. Secy, of Insurance Company of North America, Philadelphia, Pa. Topic: “Cooperation Between Insurance Companies and Fire Departments.”

Tuesday Evening

Round Table Discussions: Chief Allen’s Educational Pictures. Chief Stuart M. Potter, Greenwich, Conn.; Arthur Myers, Atlas Fire Equipment Company.

Wednesday Morning

10:00 a.m.—Harry E. Newell, Mayor, Bloomfield. N. J. Topic: “Fire Hazard Aspects of Truck Transportation and Storage of Flammable Liquids.”

George H. Booth, Chief Engineer, National Board of Fire Underwriters. Topic: “Grading Schedule of the National Board of Fire Underwriters.”

R. J. Scott, Managing Director, International Association of Fire Chiefs, “The Aims and Purposes of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.” Exhibitors Sales Talk.

Wednesday Afternoon

2:00 p.m.—Wm. Arthur Reilly, Fire Commissioner, Boston. Topic: “A Prophecy for 1950.”

Stephen C. Garrity, State Fire Marshal, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Topic: ‘The Storage of Explosives.”

J. Henry Brody. Vice-President, Buckley & Scott Utilities, President, Boston Oil Burner Associates. Topic: “Evidence of How the Oil Burner Installers Are Cooperating with the Fire Chiefs.” Massachusetts Department of Education “Truck Demonstration.”

Wednesday Evening


Thursday Morning


Tonawanda Installs New Officers

Wilfred Goddard, Jr., has been installed Chief of the Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., in the town of Tonawanda, N. Y. Milford Moore was elected First Assistant Chief, and Norman Birger was inducted as Second Assistant Chief. The installation took place in the Kenilworth Fire Hall, which was constructed over a year ago at a cost of nearly $100,000.

Chief Wilfred Goddard, Jr.

Tank Trucks for Rural Fires

A piece of equipment that is fast becoming a standard part of suburban and rural fire departments in Bucks County, Pa., is the tank truck. In 1934, the Trevose, Pa., Fire Company decided to purchase a truck with a tank of 500 gallons capacity to haul water to fires. A 100-gallon Hale rotary pump, driven from a power take-off, was installed on the tank truck. By driving the truck in low gear, this pump will deliver water while the truck is in motion, under sufficient pressure for fighting grass and brush fires. We use a two-inch suction hose which enables us to fill from a well or stream. There is also a 2 1/2inchinch connection on the tank for filling from a hydrant or pump.

The pump is equipped with an automatic relief valve. By having the pump mounted on the truck, it can go into action immediately on reaching the scene of the fire, and therefore leaves the engine free to lay the 2 1/2-inch line if a water supply is near.

Many of the surrounding villages in the lower section of Bucks County are turning to these tank trucks because of the lack of water. Today there are nine in service with a water capacity of 5,550 gallons. All trucks use 1 1/2-inch rubber lined cotton hose. These tanks have done some very fine work, justifying their purchases.

About a year ago a fire was discovered in a mow containing about sixtyfive tons of alfalfa hay. When the two nearest companies arrived, they found that the nearest water supply was 1 1/2 miles away. The companies attempted to fight the fire with booster tanks, but four hours later, four tank trucks were called from around the Trevose section. The fire was extinguished with a loss of about $25 on the building.


Trevosa, Pa.

Chief Hurley To Retire

Chief P. J. Hurley of the Holyoke, Mass., Fire Department will retire on July 7, after having served as Chief of that department for the past twenty-five years. Chief Hurley reached the retirement age last March but the Civil Service Commission allowed him to remain in office until July.

Chief P. J. Hurley

A civil service examination will probably be held to determine Chief Hurley’s successor. The promotion of one of the Deputy Chiefs to the vacancy will result in examinations for various posts all along the line.

Boulder Department Reviews History

Chief Emil Johnson of Boulder, Colo., has been spending some of his spare time delving into the back records of the old Boulder Fire Departments. It was learned that during the decade from 1870 to 1880, Boulder made great advances in size following a decided slump in the later years of the 1860-70 decade. Partially as a result of this advancement, four volunteer fire companies were formed.

The first organized fire company in Boulder was the Phoenix Hook and Ladder No. 1. This company had fifty members and a hook and ladder truck fully equipped, including buckets. The second company to organize was the Boulder Hose No. 1 in 1875. Two years later the Macky hose company was organized and in the late seventies, the East Boulder Hose Company was formed. These four companies were well known around Colorado for their ability in various contests that were sponsored throughout the state.

Fire Fighting in the Arctic

In the following letter, written by Chief E. B. Woodcox, of Fairbanks, Alaska, to Chief William H. Gardiner of the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Patrol. Chief Woodcox outlines briefly some of the amazing difficulties encountered in winter fire fighting operations in his town which is located up near the Arctic Circle.

Dear Chief Gardiner:

I have your letterof October and also the article that was published. Thanks very much for sending them to me.

I will try and answer your letter. I should have answered it sooner, but have been pretty busy. In the winter we have lots of work to do. We inspect every house in the residential district once a month; I inspect the business district every two weeks. The population of this town is about 4,000, and most of the houses have stove pipes. About two-thirds of the people burn wood and this wood up here is full of creosote which forms on the inside of the pipes. After so much gets in the pipe, it catches on fire. It makes the stove pipe red hot, and weakens the stove pipe.

Our job is to see that everybody has good pipes. When the boys find any bad ones, they report to me and I check on them. Therefore, we are keeping the fires down pretty well this winter We have had a mild winter so far and I hope it continues. It hasn’t been down to 72 below for a couple of years. The coldest this winter has been forty below —sure nice and warm.

I will tell you something about fire fighting up here. We have pretty bum equipment, two model T Fords, one with a ninety-five gallon chemical tank and the other has two thirty-five gallon tanks; one old Graham Bros, truck which carries 3800 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose. We have six hydrants located in the business district. There are no hydrants in the residential district; that is why we have to carry so much hose. Sometimes we have to lay the hose in one long line. It is sure some job rolling it up, and drying and cleaning it after each fire.

In the winter, the first half hour that we use water it is hot as the devil, therefore it doesn’t freeze so fast. In real cold weather, when we use water for fighting fires, when we get through the house looks like an ice house.

We also have lots of trouble breaking the hose. We let the water run through the hose to keep the hose from freezing. Even at that, sometimes, the hose freezes up on us and we have to get hot water from the residences along the line to thaw out the couplings. We sure have to work fast. Other times we have to drag the hose into the fire hall and thaw it out before we can get the couplings disconnected.

When we use water in the winter our clothes freeze on us and we have to get under the shower to thaw our clothes out so we can get them off.

I bet you wonder why our water lines don’t freeze up. They are steam heated. Our water supply is furnished by a big company that has three big pumps. When we have a fire they turn on the pumps and fill the lines to the hydrants, and when they turn the pumps off, the water drains back; therefore the lines are empty except when we have a fire.

Cordially yours,


Chief, Fire Dept.. Fairbanks, Alaska.

Ex-Chief Daggett Dead

Former Chief W. H. Daggett of Springfield, Mass., died at his home recently in that city at the age of eightyone.

In 1932 Chief Daggett retired from active service after having fifty years’ service behind him, including twentyfour years as Chief.

He became a call fireman in 1880, and in 1882 he was appointed a permanent fireman. In 1908, when the department was being reorganized, he was appointed Chief to succeed William J. Littlefield. Just prior to his retirement he was honored by being awarded the William Pychon medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the city’s welfare and safety. He was a member of the New England Fire Chief’s Association.

Valley City Wins Awards

For nine consecutive years, 1931 to 1939, inclusive. Valley City, N. D., has been awarded first place in North Dakota by the National Fire Protection Association for education and other activities during Fire Prevention Week. This city has placed as high as eleventh in the United States, during that period.

During the nine-year period, this city has entered the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Inter-Chamber Fire Waste Contest and has held four first places, two seconds, a third, an eighth, and a tenth place.

During the year 1937, the per capita fire loss was less than three cents, while in 1933 the per capita loss was a little more than four cents. The Valley City Fire Department is under the direction of Chief W. T. Craswell, and it is made up entirely of volunteers.

Long Island Firemen to Hold Tournament

The thirty-fourth annual parade and tournament of the Nassau County Firemen’s Association will be held in Manhasset, L. I., N. Y., on Saturday, July 13.

Prizes will be awarded for the most men in line, the best appearing department. best appearing company, ladies auxiliaries, and the best Fire Department band. In the tournament, prizes are offered to the winners in the motor hook and ladder contest, three-man ladder climbing contest, motor hook and ladder contest, motor hose contest, motor pump contest, efficiency contest, and a efficiency replacement contest. The tournament rules of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York will prevail.

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