INTERNATIONAL FIRE-FIGHTERS HOLD CONVENTION IN PHILADELPHIA
Gathering Endorses Record of Comm. Barry of Cleveland—Asks for Share of “Fire Brigade” Picture Proceeds
THE annual convention of the International Association of Fire Fighters was held in Philadelphia, Pa., on October 4-9 inclusive. The gathering was officially opened by the address of welcome delivered by Chief Ross B. Davis of Philadelphia who told the visitors to inspect the various fire stations in the city during their leisure moments. He told the men of the work of the International Association of Fire Engineers in getting out their picture the “Fire Brigade.” Other welcoming remarks were made by some of the city officials.
An interesting talk was delivered by D. Knickerbacker Boyd, a former secretary of the American Institute of Architects— he emphasized the importance of the inspection of buildings and chimneys before the structure was completed. Purcy Bugbee, field engineer of the National Fire Protection Association, gave an interesting resume of the work of the association and of the necessity of cooperation of all organizations in order to reduce the fire losses.
David J. Price, engineer in charge of the development work of the Bureau of Chemistry of the U. S. Department of Agriculture at Washington, D. C., presented a paper on the Importance of Dust Explosion Prevention. His paper has been printed in pamphlet form and has been distributed by the association. In the talk he outlined some of the precautionary measures to follow.
A resolution was introduced but failed to pass concerning the increase of the per capita tax of the members in order to further the work of the association along fire prevention lines. The present tax is fifteen cents per member per month and it was suggested it be increased to twenty-five cents.
The convention went on record as endorsing the attempt of the New York city firemen to establish a three-platoon system—in other words an eight-hour day. It was stated that this would lessen the trying hours of fire-fighting.
Wheeling, W. Va., is operating under a law whereby the city may have a two platoon system. The association recommended that the word “may” in the city ordinance should be changed to “shall” so that the two-platoon system would be established.
It was recommended that the association have a central bureau of information so that it may be of assistance in some of the wage increase fights being conducted by the firemen in various cities. The members were urged to mail to the association, all printed propaganda that they have successfully used in obtaining an increase in their salary. A recommendation was also made that the cities of Halifax, N. S., and St. John, N. B., operate on the ttvo-platoon system. It was felt that the locals in Canada should be entitled to the same working conditions as those in the United States.
In order to safeguard against any legislation that might be detrimental to the best interests of the firemen, the body recommended that the men try to form state organizations in such states where there is no such body formed.
In the future, the association will have on file all copies of civil service rules of the various cities throughout the United States and Canada for information of the affiliated locals. The organization will continue to cooperate to have fire prevention laws passed and to carry on propaganda for the education of the public.
A rather surprising thing was the resolution introduced that the organization has found that the statements concerning certain allegations made by Commissioner Edwin D. Barry, director of public service of Cleveland, Ohio, were false. The men gave a vote of confidence to the commissioner and stated that he is a friend of the Cleveland local, and firemen generally.
Another resolution that was introduced and was passed was one asking that the International Association of Fire Engineers share with the International Association of Fire-Fighters, the money that they will receive from the “Fire Brigade.” They based their demand on the fact that the picture was made through the cooperation of the various firemen throughout the country and that some appreciation should be shown towards the men for their work. The copy of the resolution was fonvarded to the convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers at New Orleans, and a letter was sent to the various officials connected with the production of the picture.
The following officers of the association were re-elected:
President, Fred W. Baer, Washington, D. C.; secretarytreasurer, George J. Richardson, Washington, D. C.; vice presidents, Edward F. Looney, Cambridge, Mass., Robert J. Cole, Wheeling. W. Va., Hugh O’Donnell, Minneapolis, Minn., Albert Higgin, Saskatoon, Sask., Canada, E. W. Powell, Tacoma, Wash., L. N. Riley, Portland, Ore., H. E. Anderson, Salt Lake City, Utah, Charles A. Boger, Fort Smith, Ark., J. F. Watkins, Birmingham, Ala., and Donald Dear, Ottawa, Ont., Canada. The new vice presidents elected are Antion Holterback, New York city, A. F. Wesselny, St. Louis, Mo., and Scott Power, Zanesville, Ohio.
The convention will meet next year in Milwaukee, Wis., and the date will be announced later.
Siren Installed in Eutaw, Ala.—An electric fire alarm siren has been installed in Eutaw, Ala.
Yuma, Ariz., Not to Respond to Outside Calls—The city council of Yuma, Ariz., has ordered that the fire apparatus is not to go outside of the city. It was feared that at some such time, the city would be left without fire protection.
Fire Limits May be Extended in Ft. Dodge, Ia.—The city council of Fort Dodge, Ia., are considering extending the fire limits of the city to take in additional territory in the north, south and east parts of the city.
Perry, Okla., Has Low Fire Loss—With only a fire loss of $31 during 1925, Perry, Okla., is trying to claim the honor of having the lowest fire loss in the state. The fire loss is the result of two small fires.
No Increase for Birmingham, Ala., Firemen—The firemen of Birmingham, Ala., were denied their petition for an increase in salary of $25 a month. The city council said that because of increase in the number of men in the department that they had planned, it was impossible to consider the salary increase.
New Fire Alarm Boxes Being Placed on Staten Island— Fifty of the new type fire alarm boxes are to be installed on Staten Island, Borough of Richmond, New York city. The boxes in use at present require that the door be opened by a handle before an alarm may be turned in. In the new type boxes, it is only necessary to pull a handle that is placed on the outside of the box. All of the old boxes will be replaced with those of the newer design.