I. A. F. C. PRESIDENT URGES BETTER PROTECTION IN PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
Cooperation of State Governors Asked to Better Protection of Life and Property in Hospitals, Schools, and Other Public Institutions
ONE of the first moves instituted by Selden R. Allen, new President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Was the transmission of a letter to all State Governors urging them to utilize the Public Works Administration funds for the removal of fire and life hazards from public institutions and for the bettering of fire and life protection in these establishments. The letter was dispatched shortly after President Allen returned from the Convention in September, and to date practically all Governors have indicated their interest in the matter, and many have already instituted work on programs to accomplish the desired end.
That the various Governors have taken the matter seriously is indicated by the great number of requests which have come from state institution for more specific data on how they might be able to secure and apply F’ederal Loans for fire protection improvements. Many such institutions have already initiated programs which will aid materially in reducing the hazard to life and property.
It is President Allen’s in. tention to interest architects on a nation-wide scale in the subject of fire protection so that proper consideration may be given to this particular phase of building construction and equipment in the design of new buildings to be erected in the future.