Fire Engineering Publisher Visits Rome and England during European Tour

Fire Engineering Publisher Visits Rome and England during European Tour

Coventry Climax officials demonstrate portable Godiva pump for Al Houghton during visit to plant. Portable manifold (rear) provides convenient method of anchoring nozzles and measuring discharge

—A. H. Lealand photo

Italy’s Central Fire Training Schools occupy magnificent 44-acre campus near Rome and provide college facilities second to noneLeft to right, G. H. Higgins, Coventry Climax engineer; Al Houghton; W. Dono, works manager; and J. Peter Ford, director, discuss variations between British and American fire fighting equipment and manufacturing methods

—A. H. Lealand photo

General Osvaldo Piermarini

An audience with Pope John XXIII, arranged by General Osvaldo Piermarini, retired commander of the fire training central schools, was the highlight of a recent European trip taken by Alfred J. Houghton, publisher of FIRE ENGINEERING, and his wife. At the audience, Mr. and Mrs. Houghton were accompanied by the General, Assistant Chief Thomas P. O’Brien, New York Fire Department Retired, and Mrs. O’Brien.

General Piermarini is a civil and electrotechnic engineer. A fire officer in the Rome Brigade from 1928 to 1939, he has served as fire chief of Trieste, 1939-40; Venice, 1943-48; and Rome, 1949-60, as well as inspector of fire services for Sicily and Sardinia during 1941-43. Promoted to his present rank, he was named commander of the Fire Training Central Schools during 1960 and served in this capacity until his recent retirement. He is an honorary life member of the British Institute of Fire Engineers and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Mr. Houghton spent considerable time with General Piermarini and had nothing but high praise for the Italian Fire Service and in particular for Le Scuole Anticendi, probably the largest and most elaborate fire training school in the world.

Another high spot of Mr. Houghton’s trip was a stop-off in Conventry, England, where he visited the Widdrington Road Works, Conventry Climax Engines Ltd., and was escorted around historic Warwickshire by Mr. Peter Ford and Mr. W. Dono of Coventry.

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