Lecocq Heads Oregon Fire Chiefs
The annual convention of the Oregon Fire Chiefs’ Association was held at Corvallis on June 7-9, with a large attendance. Henry Lecocq, of Marshfield, First Vice-President, presided. An interesting feature of the convention was a first aid contest in which the Fire Departments of Corvallis, McMinnville and Tillamook took part.
The Legislative committee was instructed to adopt a standard thread for 1 1/2-inch hose couplings and prepare a measure to present to the next State Legislature, to have the same enacted as a State law. Through the efforts of the Oregon Fire Chiefs’ Association, the 2 1/2-inch threads have been standardized for a number of years so that these threads are now uniform throughout all Fire Departments and industrial plants in the state.
Mr. McCune of the Oregon Insurance Rating Bureau addressed the convention on “Rates and Rate making” emphasizing that insurance rates are based upon losses, and that the only way in which to secure and maintain low insurance rates is to hold down the losses.
Officers elected for the ensuing year were: President, Henry Lecocq, Marshfield; First Vice-President, Percy Tailman, Corvallis: Secretary, Thos. Coates, Tillamook; Treasurer, Ivan Pearson, McMinnville. Trustees: L. A. Loomis, North Bend, W. F. Vandervelden of Forest Grove and Roy Elliott, of Medford.
The Fire school in conjunction with the convention was well attended. Instructions were given by Dean Rogers and Prof. O. D. Adams of the Oregon State College; Battalion Chief Ed. Boatwright, of the Portland Fire Department, with demonstrations of drills by members of the North Bend Fire Department. A committee was also appointed on standardization of drills, with a view to adopting as nearly as possible a uniform system of drills throughout the state.