Illinois Firemen Hold Convention
Albert Hasse, president of the Illinois Firemen’s Association, presided at the forty-third annual convention held in Peru, I11. The address of welcome was made by Hon. E. N. Woodruff, mayor of Peoria. To this President Hassee responded.
Sidney Firestone, Manager of the Industrial Naptha Sales of the Anderson-Prichard Oil Corporation presented a paper on “Fire Hazard of Cleaning Solvents.” A paper on “Fire Protection and Prevention in Institutions was presented by Harry P. Nacey, President, Illinois Fire Prevention Association, Chicago. Simon Kellerman, 3rd, city attorney of Edwardsville spoke on “Legal Problems as Affecting the Fireman.” Ira G. Hoagland, Secretary, National Automatic Sprinkler Association, New York City, gave a talk on “Automatic Water Control of Airplane Hangar Fires.” The talk was illustrated by motion pictures.
The memorial services took place on Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday morning, there was a paper by an engineer of the National Board of Fire Underwriters on “Ladder Work and Hose Streams.” Alex. Van Pragg, Commissioner ot Public Health and Safety, Decatur, spoke on “What Has the Illinois Firemen’s Association Done and What Is It Doing for Firemen of Illinois?” It was discussed by several members present.
In the afternoon there was a discussion on the short fire school course, led by Asst. Chief Roy W. Alsip of Champaign. Hon. S. L. Legreid, fire marshal of Illinois spoke on “Gasoline, Its Use, Etc.” The first aid team of the Western United Gas & Electric Company under the direction of Chief Albert Herring, Murphysboro, who trained them, presented a first aid demonstration.
At the banquet in the evening, J. B. Elder, Deputy State Fire Marshal spoke on “Inspections.”
The new officers of the association are Fred P. Had_____rlein, Carlyle, President; Joe Valentine, Rock Island, Vice-President; Roy W. Alsip, Champaign, Secretary; Simon Kellerman, Jr., Edwardsville, Treasurer; Elmer W. Weidler, Historian, Mt. Olive.
The executive board consists of Albert Hasse, Peru; S. T. Lowry, Decatur; A. Pasavento, Joliet; M. J. Myers, Mt. Pulaski; George Knol, Cicero; Louis Reich, Riverdale; Frank J. Ruthowski, Steger, and Albert Herring, Murphysboro.
To Start on Chicago Fire Patrol Building.—Work will start soon on a fire patrol building in Chicago to cost $75,000. It will be two stories high and will be constructed of face brick. The dormitory will accommodate sixteen men. The Chicago fire patrol was organized in 1874.
Eighteen Promoted in N. Y. Departments—Eighteen men were promoted in the New York Fire Department, two captains were made battalion chiefs, four lieutenants were advanced to captain, nine firemen promoted to lieutenants and two were made firemen pilots. The nine firemen made lieutenants are World War veterans.