I.A.F.C. DIRECTORS PLAN PROGRAM FOR CONFERENCE AT CHICAGO
Dates Tentatively Set for August 31, September 1, 2 and 3; National Defense to be Theme of Meeting
AS noted in the last issue of FIRE ENGINEERING, the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs was held in New York City on February 2-5.
The meeting was an outstanding one, and centered largely around the wartime activities of the fire service.
The Board had opportunity to hear talks by Roi B. Woolley, Chief, Fire Defense Organization and Coordination Unit, Office of Civilian Defense, Washington, D. C.; Jack Mason, Chief, Fire Defense Section, Office of Civilian Defense. Washington, D. C., and George A. Cumming, Chief. Fire Protection Section, Bureau of Governmental Requirements, War Production Board. Washington, D. C. In the exchange of questions which followed, the group received a very clear picture of the functioning of both of these organizations.
The tentative program planned for the Chicago conference includes the following:
Fire Protection of Naval Ships, by Lieutenant Commander Harold Burke of the U. S. Navy.
Protection of Coast Guard and Merchant Marine Shipping, by Lieutenant Commander Lloyd Layman of the Coast Guard.
Protection of Docks and Piers, and Storage of Materials Thereon, by Lieutenant Commander Hughes of the Navy.
Control of Sabotage, by J. Edgar Hoover, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D. C.
The Office of Civilian Defense and Its Aims, by Jack Mason, Chief, Fire Defense Section, Office of Civilian Defense, Washington, D. C.
Mutual Aim from the Standpoint of the Office of Civilian Defense, by Chief Roi B. Woolley, Chief, Fire Defense Organization and Coordination Unit, O.C.D., Washington, D. C.
The Place of the National Board of F’ire Underwriters in the National Defense Program, by Wilbur E. Mallalieu, General Manager, National Board of Fire Underwriters.
Organization and Training of Plant Fire Brigades, by Major J. R. Webber, Fire Protection Officer, Internal Security Division, U. S. Army.
Fire Apparatus and Equipment Priorities, by George A. Cumming, Chief, Fire Protection Section, Bureau of Governmental Requirements, War Production Board. Washington, D. C.
Plant Brigade Organization and Maintenance from the Standpoint of the Municipal Fire Service, by Chief Peter Steinkellner, Milwaukee, Wis.
Canada’s Defense Program, by W. J. Scott, Fire Marshal, Province of Ontario, Toronto, Ont.
The Functions of the Safety and Technical Equipment Division of the War Production Board, by George W. Angell. Deputy Director.
Arson Control in Wartime, by A. Bruce Bielaski, National Board of Fire Underwriters.
Operation of Fire Streams Around High Tension Electrical Apparatus, by Chief Walter W. Stephen. Monsanto Chemical Company, Anniston, Ala. tand Secretary-Treasurer of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs).
Other topics will be added at a later date to complete the program.
Another subject discussed at the Directors Meeting was the problem of a depleted personnel due to Selective Service draft, enlistments, etc. This topic was treated fully by George J. Richardson, Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Fire Underwriters. The Necessity of Priorities on Fire Apparatus: Closer Cooperation with
Federal Bureaus: and the OCD Firemanic Training Program were the other subjects discussed by the Directors.
The selection of the convention city was deferred until Chief Ray Tiller, former President of the Association, had opportunity to visit prospective cities and to check the facilities. The choice ultimately lav between Chicago and Detroit. Following receipt of the report on these cities from Chief Tiller, the Officers and Directors were contacted and as a result Chicago was selected. The dates of the meeting will be August 31, September 1, 2 and 3.
Exhibit facilities will be provided on the mezzanine floor of the Palmer House, which will be hotel headrquarters. Only small equipment may be shown. No provision will be made for display of motor apparatus or other heavy equipment.
The following resolutions were unanimously adopted by the Board:
“WHEREAS, over a period of years it has been a recognized fact that firemen have received the lowest wages of any profession,
“WHEREAS, it is generally’ recognized that the cost of living has advanced materially in recent years,
“WHEREAS, wages of industry have been substantially increased, and in addition thereto bonuses and other forms of additional compensation have been made available to workers in industry.
“WHEREAS, in view of the fact that the Federal Government has recognized the necessity of salary increases, it is the opinion of this organization that municipalities throughout the United States should also take cognizance of this by providing substantial salary increases for members of the Fire Service.
“WHEREAS, the responsibilities and dangers of the Fire Service have increased tremendously due to the nation’s war efforts,
“WHEREAS, the professional fire serservice has not generally received increases to meet the increased cost of living.
“BE IT RESOLVED, that the professional firemen throughout the entire nation receive a wage adjustment in conformance with the increased hazards of their work and the increases granted to employees of private industry and Federal employees.”
Approval of O.C.D. Work
“At the regular Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, held February 2-5, 1943, it was voted unanimously to record in principle its approval of the United States Office of Civilian Defense program of fire defense, including mutual aid—and its collateral, greater cooperation between Federal and Municipal fire forces; approval in principle of Fire Instructor-Training to train auxiliaries in the most effective use of Office of Civilian Defense equipment, as outlined by Mr. Jack Mason and Chief Roi Woolley, of the Fire Defense Section of that Office.
“At the same time, the Board desires to express its appreciation of the assurances of cooperation by the Office of Civilian Defense in furthering the National fire defense as developed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and in connection with the forthcoming conference of the Association to be held in the interests of the national war effort.”
Use of Apparatus Sirens
“At a meeting in the City of Chicago oil December 3, 1942, at the Office of Civilian Defense of the Sixth Corps Area, 222 West Adams Street, a thorough discussion was held as to the advisability of dispensing with sirens on fire apparatus.
“It was voted to submit the question of dispensing with the use of sirens to a meeting of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
“At the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, held in New York City February 2-5, inclusive, it was the unanimous opinion of this Board in the interest of safe and efficient operation of fire departments that the use of fire sirens should be continued by the Fire Service and that no changes in their use should be considered.”
Cooperation Between Government Bodies and the Fire Service
“WHEREAS, the constantly increasing tempo of production, transportation and storage of material and munitions essential to the war effort on the one hand and the steady depletion of the nation’s fire forces due to shortage of manpower, obsolescence of apparatus and equipment and inability to secure new replacements on the other hand, together with the ever-present possibility of enemy attack and sabotage, imposes a heavy responsibility on the nation’s already overworked municipal fire forces and seriously threatens the nation’s war effort. and
“WHEREAS, to meet this threat it is vitally necessary that there be fullest coordination of ail the fire services of the nation, both municipal and federal, including those of the army, navy and coast guard, and
“WHEREAS, although this Association has in the past urged greater cooperation between the federal and municipal services, such cooperation has been limited to isolated instances and individual agencies and is not the result of mutually accepted plans and procedures adopted by both government and municipal agencies, and
“WHEREAS, the few individual examples of cooperation recorded do evidence the great good that will be accomplished from such nationwide coordination and cooperation, and
“WHEREAS, the United States Office of Civilian Defense because of its position as a neutral agency and its close relation to both the fire service and to the respective federal agencies, has already urged upon the army and navy the importance of this nationwide coordination and has received assurances of support from high officials in these branches, therefore
“BE IT RESOLVED: That the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs at this Annual Meeting, February 5, 1943, approve the action taken by the United States Office of Civilian Defense to effectuate the desired coordination and that this Board urges upon the respective government bodies concerned, the importance of initiating such orders as will hasten such coordination. In this connection, the Board specifically recommends:
“1. The interchange of vital information between federal and municipal agencies and services pertaining to fire hazards, fire fighting facilities, etc.
“2. Formulation and adoption of plans and procedures for reciprocal action between fire forces and other interests in time of emergency.
“3. That there be made available to each other, such resources and facilities as may be useful in fire protection and fire fighting.
“4. The avoidance of duplication of effort on the part of federal and municipal fire services.
“5. A clear definition at all times of the authority and delegation of authority with respect to the movement and operation of fire forces in time of emergency.”
Deferment of Firemen
“WHEREAS, approximately seven per cent of the personnel of the professional fire service has already been drawn into the armed forces,
“WHEREAS, it is practically impossible to secure replacements due to the fact that the qualifications of professional fire fighters are practically the same as those of the armed forces,
“WHEREAS, those who are deferred for dependencies are attracted by the higher wages in other industries,
“WHEREAS, the weakening of the personnel of the professional fire service constitutes a serious threat to the safety of war industry, storage and shipment of war supplies,
“WHEREAS, thirty-six per cent of the men now in the fire service are subject to military service because of the present requirements of the Selective Service Act.
“WHEREAS, the fire service is recognized as the first line of civilian defense.
“THEREFORE, HE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs in annual meeting in New York City from February 2-5, inclusive, go on record as recognizing the serious situation being brought about by the shortage of manpower and its effect upon the fire service.
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Manpower Commission be urged to take immediate steps to insure that no more firemen be permitted to be drafted into the military service,
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to the Director of the Manpower Commission, Paul V. McNutt, and to members of this Association.”
Attendance at Meeting
Those in attendance at the meeting, including guests and visitors, were as follows:
Chief A. T. Callahan, Harrison, N. J., President; Chief D. B. Tierney, Arlington, Mass., Secretary-Treasurer; Chief A. J. Baker, Lewistown, Mont., First Vice-President; Chief S. J. Pope, Boston, Mass., Second Vice-President; Chief Peter Steinkellner, Milwaukee, Wis., Director, Great Lakes District; Chief Edward Warr, Salvage Patrols, Baltimore, Md., Director, Eastern District; Chief Ray Tiller, Waterloo, Ia., Director, Missouri Valley District; Chief Ernest Woods, Director, Dominion of Canada; Chief Selden R. Allen, Brookline, Mass., Director, New England District; Chief F. C. Pfaender, Florida State Hospital, Chattahoochie, Fla., Director, Southeastern District; Chief Ross B. Davis, U. S. Navy, Washington, D. C.; Chief James Armstrong, Kingston, Ont.; Secretary, Dominion Association; Chief Charles E. Clark, Wayne, Penna., Secretary, Eastern District; Chief J. T. Keegan, Salvage Patrols, Newark, New Jersey. Chairman of Exhibits of the I. A. F. C.; Chief James N. Duncan, Alexandria, Va., First Vice-President Southeastern District: George J. Richardson, Secretary-Treasurer, International Association of Fire Fighters, Washington, D. C.; George W. Booth, Chief Engineer, National Board of Fire Underwriters, New York City; Chief and Commissioner Patrick Walsh, New York City; Ex-Chief George Mitchell. East Orange, N. J.; Chief Charles McGinley, East Orange, N. J.; Chief John J. Tubridy, Buffalo, N. Y.; Battalion Chief Daniel Deasv, New York City: George J. Kuss, President, Woodhouse Manufacturing Company, New York City; Chief Roi B. Woolley, Chief, Fire Defense Organization and Coordination Unit, Office of Civilian Defense, Washington, D. C.: Jack Mason, Chief, Fire Defense Section, Office of Civilian Defense, Washington, D. C.; George Cumming, Chief, Fire Protection Section, Bureau of Governmental Requirements, War Production Board. Washington, D. C.; Fred Beardslee, Mack Manufacturing Corporation, Long Island City, N. Y.; Hugh Walker, AmericanLaFrance-Foamite Corporation, Elmira. N. Y.; Joseph H. Green, United States Rubber Company, New York, N. Y.; Clarence Meek, Mack Manufacturing Corporation, Long Island City, N. Y.: Harry Cavanagh. American District Telegraph Company, New York, N. Y.; Arthur Myers, Atlas Fire Equipment Company, New York, N. Y.; Michael Murphy, BiLateral Fire Hose Company, New York, N. Y.: Ray Cornwall, Kerotest Company, Pittsburgh. Pa.; I. H. Case, Vice-President and General Manager, FIRE ENGINEERING, New York City, and Fred Shepperd, Headquarters Manager, I. A. F. C.