The New York State Firemen’s Association will hold its annual Convention at Auburn, August 17, 18 and 19. The Firemen and citizens of that city have united with the officers of the Association in their elforts to make suitable arrangements to make the Convention a success from a business point of view, and to provide suitable entertainment for the large number of guests that will be in attendance. Visiting Companies from different sections of the State have announced their intention of being present, with their apparatus, the number of such Companies being greater than have attended any of the Conventions heretofore. Since the last meeting many Companies have joined the Association, and w’ill be represented by delegates, thus making a larger Convention than any previous one. The programme ol exercises has not yet been completed, but it is understood that ample time will be allowed for the transaction of business before any outside exhibitions or entertainments are introduced. A feature oi the proceedings will tie an exhibition of the Holly system of Water-works, which Auburn possesses in its highest perfection. Manufacturers of apparatus and supplies will be largely represented, and it is understood that competitive tests will be provided for between Steamers, Chemical Engines, etc. A number of interesting essays have been provided for. in which practical Firemen will give their views and experience upon certain features of the Fire Service. .The New York State Association has done much to awaken interest in fire matters, and to promote the welfare of I’ iremen in general. It should be encouraged in its good work, until its roll of membership embraces every Company of Volunteer Firemen in the State.
September 14, 15 and 16 the National Association of Fire Engineers will meet in convention at Boston. This Association, unlike the various State Associations, does not admit to membership representatives of individual Companies, but includes the chief officers ol Departments, and all are invited to join, whether they command Paid or Volunteer Departments. An impression prevails to some extent that this organization is designed more especially for the benefit of Paid Departments, which is a mistake, as more than half the members are Volunteers. The meeting at Boston will be of unusual interest, occurring, as it does, just at the time when that city will celebrate, in grand style, the 250th anniversary of its settlement, which event takes place on the 17th. Arrangements have been made by which the Revere House will be made headquarters for Firemen, and the Convention will meet in Lancers Hall, which is near by. Chief Green is already making arrangements for the entertainment of the Chiefs, and they can be assured that they will have a good time while they remain at the “ Hub.” The business of the Convention will he full of interest, as usual, several subjects of vital importance to Firemen being in readiness to be brought forward. Among these will be the subject of a National Relief Association for Firemen, which subject we hope to hear fully discussed and definitely acted upon.
We desire to impress upon the minds of all heads of Fire Departments the importance of becoming members of the National Association and attending the Conventions. It embraces among its members many Chiefs who are recognized as the most skillful Firemen in the country—men of great experience and enlarged views—with whom no one can come in contact without learning something. We are aware that there are some Chiefs who think they cannot be taught anything, but the more experienced ones are constantly learning, and enjoy greatly these annual opportunities of exchanging views. Secretary Hills prints a notice in this issued THE JOURNAL relative to transportation to which we direct attention. The Association is exceedingly fortunate in having a Secretary so active and alive to its interests as is Chief Hills. To our personal knowledge he is constantly on the alert and seeking to promote the welfare of the Association, of which he is one of the oldest members. We hope to see a large attendance and many new faces at the coming meeting in Boston.