G. T. Cook Joins I. A. F. C. Staff
On July 5, Gifford T. Cook joined the headquarters staff of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, at 24 West 40th Street, New York, to take charge of the work in connection with the national fire department educational program inaugurated by the Association.
Mr. Cook is particularly well fitted for his new activities having had wide experience with state fire schools.
Mr. Cook was born in Fall River, Mass. He attended the Highland Grammar School and the B. M. C. Durfee High School, both in Fall River. In 1928 he was graduated from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with the degree of B. S. in Civil Engineering.
Following his graduation, Mr. Cook had ten years’ experience as an Engineer on the Committee on Fire Prevention and Engineering Standards of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, being located at the Chicago office of the Board. He has had intimate contact with Fire Chiefs, firemen and Fire Departments, as well as with the problems relating to water supply, fire alarms, building construction and fire prevention throughout the middle-western and southwestern states. Mr. Cook has conducted surveys and made classifications, reports and recommendations on municipal fire protection, these being largely in cities with a population of 20,000 or over. He has been active in firemanship training work, having participated in state fire school programs in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio and South Dakota, as well as having some contacts with programs in Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
In addition to the above activities, Mr. Cook has made addresses on fire protection in general before firemen’s and civic groups, and has conducted demonstrations on common fire hazards and fire prevention. He has also been active in the organization, preparation, conduct and grading of promotional examinations for Fire Departments.