IAFC Directors outline program for increased progress in 1961
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, International Association of File Chiefs, meeting at the Hotel Manhattan, New York, on January 15-17, stressed increased participation in national and community affairs as a means of gaining better public understanding of the fire service. The board set a 10-point program of action as follows: (1) More accurate fire reporting in the United States; (2) development of training in personnel practices; (3) extend IAFC public relations program to community level; (4) revise constitution and by-laws; (5) closer relations with U. S. Department of State and other agencies devoted to Inter-American affairs; (6) membership promotion campaign; (7) develop additional sustaining memberships; (8) re-emphasis on home inspections with extension to industry and commerce; (9) recognize Fire Prevention Week by U. S. postal commemorative stamp; (10) increase cooperation with Boy Scouts of America.
During the sessions a number of reports were submitted by committee chairmen. Included were: Communications, Assistant Chief Thomas P. O’Brien, New York; Civil Service Classification, Henry J. McFarland, New York State Civil Service Commission; Fire Administration Institute, Jerome M. Kornfield, director; Constitution and By-Laws, Chief Henry J. Thomas, NBFU; Sustaining Members-President’s Advisory Committee, Hubert A. Walker, American LaFrance; Atomic Problems, Mathew M. Braidech, NBFU; Fire Prevention, Jay W. Stevens, director.
Chief Douglas Williams, Las Vegas, Nev., host for the 1961 conference to be held September 25-28 in that city and Chief T. William Heidner, Pasadena, Calif., program chairman, outlined plans for the 88th annual meeting. Chief Clyde Canning, Midvale, Utah, chairman of the Exhibits Committee announced that booking space for the Las Vegas Conference will exceed the record set at Rochester, N. Y.
At the conclusion of the board meeting, it was announced that the 1962 conference will be held in Toronto, Ontario, September 24 to 27, with headquarters at the Royal York Hotel. Invitations were accepted to hold the 1963 conference in Detroit, Mich., and in 1964 at Houston, Tex.
For the second consecutive year the division secretaries met at the headquarters office on two days prior to the board meeting. These were workshop sessions chairmanned by Chief Willard C. Compton, Springfield, Ohio, with Chief T. L. Townley, Jr., Norman, Okla., as secretary.