Industrial Chiefs Lay Groundwork for National Group
FORMATION of a National Association of Industrial Fire Chiefs affiliated with the International Association of Fire Chiefs moved a step closer to reality following a meeting of representatives of industry and the IAFC in Columbus, Ohio, April 15. Closer relationships and the greater interchange of ideas between municipal and industrial chiefs was the keynote of the conference. Selling the program to management and developing programs for small plant fire protection as well as off-the-job fire safety for plant personnel occupied important consideration.
Sponsored by the Ohio Fire Brigades Association, the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office, Nationwide Insurance Company and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the meeting was convened by Chairman Pro-tem Don O’Brien, editor, FIRE ENGINEERING, at 9:00 a.m. in a conference room at the Nationwide Building. During luncheon in the Pine Room, all present were guests of Howard Hutchinson, senior vice president-insurance operations. The group adjourned at 3 p.m.
L. E. Shingledecker, superintendent of safety, commercial lines, Nationwide and a prime mover for the organization, was first speaker. He outlined the specific purposes of the meeting and reviewed the background of the movement. B. Richter Townsend, general manager, IAFC, then reviewed the position of the International Chiefs and the steps taken so far to provide for a division of industrial chiefs within the Association.
A general discussion of aims and objectives was then carried on.
Committees were appointed to develop the association as follows: Bylaws, Operations and Activities, Finance and Membership.
A Coordinating Committee with
L. E. Shingledecker as chairman was formed with its membership including the chairmen of all other committees. B. Richter Townsend and L. E. Shingledecker were also named exofficio members of all committees.
Plans call for all committee chairmen to present progress reports at the Houston Conference of the IAFC, October 18-23, during the industrial sessions. In the interim all present agreed to contact industrial safety officials, acquaint them with the aims of the association and strive to complete formation as quickly as possible.
Those in attendance included: J. Ward Bush, Caterpillar Tractor Co., Peoria, Ill.; Dale A. Heap, Lockheed Georgia Co., Marietta, Ga.; William
M. Hill, Owens-Illinois Corp^ Huntington, W. Va.; John H. Jebens, The Borden Co., New York, N. Y.; Walter
L. Koch, Humko Products Division, National Dairy Corp., Memphis, Tenn.; C. J. Krawcykowski, American Cyanamid Corp., Bound Brook, N. J.
J. Arlen Marsh, Industrial Publishing Corp., Cleveland, Ohio; Donald
M. O’Brien, Reuben H. Donnelley Corp., New York, N. Y.; Fred Rice, fire marshal, State of Ohio; W. R. Rowley, International Harvester Co., Chicago, Ill.; L. E. Shingledecker, Nationwide Insurance, Columbus, Ohio; A. F. Sowards, Standard Ultramarine Corp., Huntington, W. Va.; Nelson W. Strong, Ford Motor Corp., Cleveland, Ohio; R. M. Sullivan, Cone Mills Corp., Greensboro, N. C.; B. Richter Townsend, International Association of Fire Chiefs, New York, N. Y.; and Ben F. Vilbert, General Electric Co. Cincinnati, Ohio.
All photos courtesy Notionwide Insurance by Tom Brunk