IAFC Conference in Baltimore

IAFC Conference in Baltimore

On Saturday, October 20, the International Association of Fire Chiefs will parade through the streets of Baltimore in celebration, just 100 years to the day, of the conference October 20-22, that founded the association.

The parade, expected to take several hours to pass one point, will be the first of several events highlighting the activities of the IAFC centennial conference. It will start at 1:30 p.m.

President L.L. Kenney will open the October 21-25 100th conference of the IAFC at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel. A memorial service will be followed by a report by the president and the introduction of dignitaries. Baltimore Chief Thomas J. Burke is the conference host chief.

Business sessions

The first business session will start at 10 a.m. Monday at the Baltimore Civic Center, where business sessions also will be held Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The final business session will be in the Baltimore Hilton at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Exhibitors, who provide an important part of every IAFC conference will again produce a massive display of the latest developments in fire fighting and fire protection equipment. The exhibit area at the Baltimore Civic Center will be on two levels with all the apparatus on the main floor. The exhibits will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday afternoon has been set aside for “demonstrations of fire fighting equipment by the exhibitors.

Workshops scheduled

The IAFC has a full schedule of workshop programs for Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Metropolitan, urban, volunteer and industrial-federal workshops will feature nationally known speakers selected for the information they can bring to the specific interest area of each workshop.

The Tuesday workshops will adjourn early so that all IAFC members can attend a question and answer panel session on the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control. It is expected that by this date, hearings on bills to implement the recommendations of the national commission will have reached the point where congressional reaction to the bills can be reported. This session will give fire chiefs an opportunity to express their opinions on the congressional attitudes toward fire service needs and provide direction to obtaining favorable action in Congress.

Voting for IAFC officers will be from 9 a.m. to 12 m. Wednesday in booths near the registration lobby in the Baltimore Civic Center. The results will be announced at that day’s business session shortly after the polls close.

Centennial banquet

The social activities of the conference will culminate at the centennial banquet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Baltimore Civic Center. After the installation of the officers, there will be entertainment and dancing. Chief David B. Gratz of Montgomery County, Md., will be master of ceremonies.

Monday night will be Baltimore Fire Department night with a buffet, reception and entertainment at the 5th Regiment Armory. Chesapeake Bay seafood will be featured at the buffet, which will start at 7:30 p.m.

A Night With FEMSA

At 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Fire Equipment Manufacturers and Services Association will host its annual Night With FEMSA at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom, which has recently been opened. Refreshments will be served as usual and there will be entertainment by famous oldtime vaudeville stars. Host for the evening will be Pete Penman, president of FEMSA. Grace Clark of the Circul-Air Corporation is entertainment and program chairman. Conference badges will be required for all attending.

Women’s program

There will be many activities just for the women at the conference. They are invited to attend a reception for Mrs. L.L. Kenney, wife of the IAFC president, at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel. The reception will be hosted by Mrs. Thomas J. Burke, wife of the Baltimore chief.

There will be a choice of sightseeing trips for the women on Monday with luncheons served during the tours. One tour will be to the Naval Academy at Annapolis and two others will be tours of Baltimore harbor by bus and boat with stops for lunch at the Baltimore Fire Academy.

A luncheon at the Lord Baltimore Hotel is on the schedule for Tuesday. The luncheon program will start at 11 a.m. with a short film about Maryland, “The Land of Pleasant Living.” After lunch, a Baltimore professional acting group will present skits. On Wednesday, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fire Buffs, Box 414 Association, will sponsor a bus tour to see many of the historic and modem points of interest in Baltimore.

Baltimore boasts of many historic sites, the best known being Fort McHenry, where the Star Spangled Banner that inspired Francis Scott Key remained flying throughout the British bombardment. The house where Mary Pickergill sewed this flag is one of the several historic buildings open to visitors. The U.S. Frigate Constellation is docked in Baltimore and is open to visitors daily.

These are but a few of the many points of interest for the Baltimore visitor.

Conference Program

Friday, Oct. 19

9:00 a.m.— IAFC Board of Directors, Baltimore Hilton.

Saturday, Oct. 20

1:30 p.m.— IAFC Centennial Parade.

2:00-7:00 p.m.—Registration, Baltimore Hilton

Sunday, Oct. 21

9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. —Registration, Baltimore Hilton.

1:30 p.m.— Reception honoring Mrs. L.L. Kenney, wife of IAFC president, Baltimore Hilton.

3:30 p.m.— Conference opens at Baltimore Hilton with President L.L. Kenney presiding. A memorial service will be followed by the president’s report and the introduction of dignitaries.

Monday, Oct. 22

8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.—Registration at Baltimore Civic Center.

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.—Exhibits open at Baltimore Civic Center.

9:30 a.m.— Medical Section meeting at Baltimore Civic Center.

10:00 a.m.— First business session at Baltimore Civic Center with President Kenney presiding.

Reports of treasurer and general manager. Scholarship awards.

Reports of constitution and bylaws, resolutions, membership, physical fitness and Latin American Committees.

1:30 p.m.— Medical Section meeting at Baltimore Civic Center.

Baltimore's City Hall.

1:30 p.m.— Workshops at Baltimore Civic Center.

7:30 p.m.— Baltimore Fire Department Night, buffet, reception and entertainment at Baltimore Armory.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.—Registration at Baltimore Civic Center.

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.—Exhibits open.

9:30 a.m.— Second conference business session at Baltimore Civic Center with First Vice President B.R. Wade presiding.

Reports by nominating, training and education, building code, communications, arson, employee relations, fire department equipment, research, restructuring. Boy Scout, civil service, fire prevention, and hose thread standardization committees.

1:30-2:50 p.m.— Workshops.

3:00 p.m.— National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control panel question and answer session.

8:30 p.m.— A Night with FEMSA at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel ballroom.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 m.— Registration at Baltimore Civic Center.

8 30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Exhibits open at Baltimore Civic Center. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 m.— Election, voting booths near registration lobby in Baltimore Civic Center.

10:00 a.m.— Third conference business session at Balti more Civic Center with Second Vice Presi dent John Hurley presiding.

Resolutions committee report and action Report of International Fire Admini stration Institute.

Reports by metropolitan, urban, volunteer, industrial-federal, active and associate life member, automatic detection civil defense, finance, centennial and Fire Service Recognition Day committees and medical section.

Reports by presidents of divisions, liaison officer for Central America and Asian committee.

Announcement of election results.

2:00 p.m.— Demonstrations by exhibitors.

7:00 p.m.— 100th annual banquet at Baltimore Civic Center with installation of officers, entertainment and dancing. Chief David B. Gratz will be master of ceremonies.

Thursday, Oct. 24

9:00 a.m.— Final business session at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel.

Workshop Programs


Monday—”High-Rise Buildings,” Battalion Chief (Ret.) John G. Degenkolb, code consultant, Glendale, Calif.; C.W. Schirmer, president, Schirmer Engineering Corporation, Chicago; Assistant Chief Frederick W. Kotze, Johannesburg, South Africa; Chief John T. O’Hagan, New York Fire Department.

Tuesday—”New Features in Apparatus Design—Some Problems They Have Created,” George Layden, Peter Pirsch & Sons Company, Kenosha, Wis.; Peter J. Hoey, president, American LaFrance, Elmira, N.Y.


Monday—”Tactical Aids for a Total Command-Control-Communications System,” Harry E. Hickey, assistant professor. University of Maryland.

“1973 Municipal Grading Schedule for Fire Protection,” (questions and answers), Kenneth J. Carl, director of municipal surveys, and Donald L. Drumm, assistant director of municipal surveys. Insurance Services Office, New York.

“The NASA Fire Fighter’s Breathing System Program,” Maurice Carson, Johnson Space Center, Houston.

“New Concepts in Fire Prevention and Education Programs,” Chief James Reiser, Tacoma, Wash., Fire Department.

“A Manpower Source for the Fire Prevention Bureau,” Chief Allen W. Hulett, Elk Grove Village, III., Fire Department.

“Qualifications for Fire Inspectors,” James C. Robertson, Maryland state fire marshal.

Tuesday—”Scope and Objectives of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and Today’s Fire Service,” Boyd Hartley, associate professor, Illinois Institute of Technology. Questions and answers to be moderated by Chief Milton T. Penn, Alexandria, Va., Fire Department.

“Maryland Medivac Program to Shock Trauma Center,” Battalion Chief Martin C. McMahon, in charge of ambulance services, Baltimore Fire Department.


Monday and Tuesday— “Think Tank,” a two-day program with “Update” on subjects most likely to affect chiefs and the future of the fire service followed by “Spinoff,” a panel session for questions and answers.

“You and Success: Symbiotic Synergism,” Donald Greenwood, manager, education and training, U.S. Steel Corporation.

“You and the IAFC,” Donald M. O’Brien, general manager, IAFC.

“You and the Volunteer Committee: Belong,” Chief Garold G. Phillips, Summersville, W. Va., Fire Department, committee chairman.

“You and Society: A Dynamic Place,” Dorothy Duke, member of National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control. “You and the Public: Recruiting,” Col. Gerald Childress, director. Information Headquarters, U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

“You and People: Communicating,” David Burkett, assistant professor of journalism. Trinity University, San Antonio.

“You and Your Peers: Power Management,” Joseph Murphy, staff assistant, E.I. du Pont de Nemours Company.

Industrial and Federal

Monday—”The NASA Fire Fighter’s Breathing System Program,” Maurice Carson, Johnson Space Center, Houston. “Cooperation Between Industry and Municipal Fire Departments,” a film, “Alarm,” produced for Factory Mutual Engineering.

Tuesday—”Practical Industrial Fire Brigade Training,” a senior instructor from Fire Service Extension, University of Maryland.

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