I. A. F. E. Directors Arrange for Convention
Officers and Directors of Association Meet at San Francisco and Arrange Program and Other Details of Jubilee Convention—Recommend Rescinding Last Year’s Label Provision
(Special report to FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING)
WITH nothing but praise for what is contemplated for the Jubilee Convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers, to be held in San Erancisco in August, the officers and directors who arrived here on Sunday, May 21, and spent two days going over the details with Fire Chief Thomas R. Murphy and his assistants, left on Wednesday, May 24, satisfied, they said, that it is to be the biggest and most important ever held in the history of the association.
Hotel accommodations, railroad rates, the entertainment program and the big auditorium in which the session will be held have been given the official O. K. They found that every accommodation can be bad to meet the purses of the delegates, both in regard to rooms and meals. The rates across the continent surprised them on account of their reasonableness, while the program for the entertainment they feel sure will give the visiting delegates an idea of this city that will live long in their memories.
When the committee arrived at the Ferry building each member wore a California poppy in his lapel and all were eating cherries, showing that the transbay reception committee which escorted the committee from up the country, was right on the job. Among those who acted as this escort were: Chief Sam Short and his chief assistant Elliott
Whitehead of Oakland. Chief Walter Stinmetz. Alameda; Chief Sidney Rose, Berkeley; Chief Roy Lamoine, Richmond; Chief Claude Herschey, Hillsborough; Chief Win. Clemo, Palo Alto; Chief Mark Ryan, Redwood City, and Chief Seth Cohen, San Mateo.
At a dinner given in their honor Sunday evening, Chief Frank G. Reynolds of Augusta, Ga., president of the association, said:
“We have been getting intimations all along the line that this is going to be the greatest convention in the history of the International Association. There are several reasons for this. In the first place hundreds of our members are anxious to see California. I believe they would sooner come here than to any place I know of. So that this convention starts off with a desire on the part of practically every member to come. In the second place Fire Chief Murphy of your city has done a big thing for this convention in the way he has gained the support of the newspapers and the municipal officials throughout the country. It has been done in a way never attempted before and I believe the results are going to surpise even yourselves. In the third place I believe there is a general awakening on the part of municipalities generally to the importance of encouraging the chiefs of their departments to make a study of preventive methods as well as of fire fighting. It is the lack of funds that keep many members from attending, but I believe that cities are recognizing the importance of making the appropriations. The mayor of my city has been so impressed with this that I believe he will be here himself.”
Board Recommends Reconsideration of Issuance of Labels
But the board did not confine its labors entirely to matters which were easy and more or less obvious and mandatory. It took action on one matter that it is recognized will be likely to cause one of the most heated debates that have ever been staged at a convention. The committee has unanimousily adopted a recommendation that the action taken at lgst year’s convention at Atlanta regarding the issuance of labels of approval of fire apparatus by a committee of the International Association, be rescinded.
The discussion on this point was lengthy. The motion was finally made by Chief Bywater of Salt Lake, and later amended by Chief Murphy of Buffalo, to which Chief Bywater agreed, and it was unanimously adopted.
Why Board Does Not Believe Policy Wise
Out of the discussion these ideas were developed. It was stated that the International Association has no facilities for testing fire fighting devices and that to attempt to do this would be to unnecessarily duplicate the work now being done at the laboratory of the National Board of Fire Underwriters at Chicago.
“I believe we should co-operate as closely as possible With the National Board of Fire Underwriters,” said Chief Bywater. “This resolution adopted last year certainly does not look like co-operation. Another point is that our committees are changing constantly. We meet once a year and then disband and there will be no continuity of service. We have not the means nor the appliances by which a committee of this association can test devices. I do not believe that the plan is workable.”
These sentiments were endorsed by others. The motion made by Chief T. W. Haney of Jacksonville, Fla., at last year’s convention which was carried with a whoop, it is believed was ill advised and that upon more sober thought will be reversed by the delegates when they meet here this year.
At any rate the executive committee will be ready to take the floor and stand by its recommendation to reverse action and present its arguments.
Board Presented to Mayor and Supervisors
The members of the board were presented to the mayor and board of eighteen supervisors who were having their weekly session, and made a most favorable impression upon the local authoritis. Mayor Rolph introduced each one of the nine chiefs, stating the city and state from which they came, and called upon one of them for a short speech, Chief Rywatcr of Salt Lake, had been selected by his associates to make a talk. He assured the mayor and supervisors that lire chiefs with their friends from every part of the United States, were looking forward to the coming convention.
“We know of five special trains that have already been chartered to bring members to San Francisco. One is to come from Chicago, another from Boston, a third from New York, a fourth from Atlanta, and a fifth from Kansas City, and there will be others. Widespread interest has been loused in this convention by the manner in which your Chief Murphy has gained the support of the newspapers and muniepial officials through his campaign of publicity addressed directly to them. Fire lighting is something that touches every home in this land. Fire prevention is something that every one can practice. There is no appeal that can he made of such general interest as one for the furtherance of the object of the convention we will hold here next August.”
’Frisco Will Do Its Part Toward Convention’s Success
Mayor Rolph assured the committee that he would look forward to meeting them again and their friends, and that the city will do its part to make their stay in this city a most pleasant and profitable one.
At noon Tuesday the members were the guests of Fire Chief Thos. R. Murphy, at the Commercial Club, at a luncheon at which several hundred members were present.
The Tentative Program
Tin following program has been adopted with the possibility of several minor changes being made later:
Proposed Program for the Fiftieth Anniversary Convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers August 15th, 1922
9:15 a. m.—Starting from St. Francis Hotel, delegates will be conducted to the Convention Hall.
10:00 a. m.—Band and organ concert at the Convention Hall. 10:15 a. m.—Convention called to order. Opening session: Invocation; song by firemen’s quartet; Address of Welcome by mayor; vocal solo; speaker for firemen of the West; speaker for women of the West; responses; vocal solo; President’s address.
11:30 a. m.—Memorial service.
12:30 p. m.—Official picture.
12:35 p. m.— Recess.
2:00 p. m.—Afternoon session.
5:00 p. m.—-Recess.
8:00 p. m.—Theatre party.
August 16th, 1922
9:00 a. m.—Business session.
11:(0 a. m.—Recess.
11:15 a. m.—Exhibitors tests and various demonstrations, including a demonstration of the S. F. High Pressure System.
2:00 p. m.—Visit to High Pressure pumping station followed by automobile ride over the city.
8:00 p. m.—Trip through Chinatown.
August 17 th, 1922
9:00 a. m.—-Assemble at Ferry building for a trip to Oakland. Demonstration of fire boats on the Bay. Automobile ride through Oakland, Berkeley, etc.
3:00 p. m.—Short session in the Greek Theatre of the U. of Cal. in honor of the visiting chiefs from foreign countries.
6 00 p. m.—Dinner at the Hotel Oakland.
10:30 p. m—Return to San Francisco. Night demonstration of fire boat on the Bay.
August 18th, 1922
9:00 a. m.—Final business session.
8:00 p. m.—Farewell banquet and ball at the St. Francis Hotel.