Fire Chiefs of Second Service Command Meet
The first annual conference of military fire chiefs was held at the New York City Fire College in Long Island City, on September 24.
The conference was under the direction of the Repairs and Utilities Branch, Second Service Command, Mr. LeRoy R. Dehlinger, Fire Prevention Engineer, presiding over the meeting as Chairman.
The assembly was made up of all fire chiefs in the Second Service Command; A. H. Gent from the Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington, D. C.; and representatives of several of the fire equipment manufacturing companies.
Mr. Dehlinger formally opened the meeting by discussing fire loss per $1,000 valuation. It was noted that Sgt. Kissinger of the U. S. Military Academy of West Point had the claim to the best record, never having had a fire in nineteen years.
The opening address was made by Major H. P. Bosworth, Jr., Fire Prevention Section Chief, R. & U. Br., Second Service Command. Major Bosworth commented on the various functions and operations of the Fire departments assigned to the Engineers Corps, as well as maintenance of fire appliances, apparatus and other fire equipment.
After Major Bosworth’s address, the assembled chiefs heard Abel H. Gent, Fire Prevention Engineer of the Office of the Chief Engineer, Washington. D. C. Mr. Gent discussed the entire program of civilian fire departments being associated under the supervision of the Engineers Corps. He also commented on the care and maintenance of fire apparatus, civilian personnel and various matters pertaining to post fire departments.
The Dean of the New York City Fire College, Deputy Chief John T. Waldron, was next called upon by the Chairman. Chief Waldron, pinch-hitting for Commissioner Walsh, officially welcomed the assembly of visiting fire chiefs and went on to speak of the New York Fire Department and its ever-ready willingness to cooperate with the U. S. Army.
Mr. Dehlinger then presented two awards, one a handsomely inscribed plaque to Chief James O. Lee, who has been at the U. S. Army Service Forces Depot in Schenectady, N. Y„ for twentyfive years; and the other a fountain pen and overnight carry-all hag to Inspector Barney Colville of the Fire Prevention Section, R. & U. Branch, who has enlisted in the Seabees, U. S. Navy.
The afternoon session opened with the showing of a motion picture film on the Cardox truck used in fighting airplane crash fires. Following this, a second film was viewed, the purpose of which was to show application of bulk liquid CO:, stored at low temperatures and low pressure, in combating industrial oil fires.
A question and answer session followed.
In order to aid materially in the reduction of loss by fire. Chairman Dehlinger suggested that an education program be carried on by unit commanders, post fire marshal and post fire chiefs at the various posts, and that fire prevention posters be placed in day rooms, recreation halls, gymnasiums, post exchange buildings and other such locations.
Incidentally, the Second Service Command has the lowest fire loss of all service commands in the United States.