Maine Fire Chiefs Meet
The Quarterly Meeting of the Maine Fire Chiefs Association was held at Brunswick with the Brunswick Fire Department as hosts on July 13th. Approximately seventy-five members and associate members gathered for the meeting at the Central Fire Station. President Eugene Ricker of the Portsmouth Navy Yard was unable to be present and the meeting was presided over by Vice President Chief Herbert Constantine of Bangor. Because of the extreme heat the members adjourned to the Knights of Pythias Hall on Pleasant street. Following a short business session, Mr. Harold Treworgy, a member of the Brunswick Committee of Twelve, gave the address of welcome, which was responded to by Chief Joseph W. Randlette of Richmond.
Mr. Ralph Webber of the Maine Civilian Defense Office made a report of the progress of Firemen’s Training Schools under the direction of the OCD office. Stating that the five original instructors have trained thirty-eight additional instructors who have devoted a great deal of their time and volunteering their services to operate training schools throughout the state, covering practically all sections with the exception of Aroostook County and plans have now been completed to take in Aroostook County and Washington County, where it is expected more than two hundred firemen will receive the training course. Mr. Webber said he could not speak too highly of the men who had devoted their time to this instruction work.
Chief Curtis Allen of Sanford made a report of the meeting of the Legislative Committee of the Association with the attorney of the Legislative Recess Committee in regard to the bill introduced at the last session of the Maine Legislature creating the office of a State Fire Marshal, which was referred by the Legislature to the Recess Committee to clarify the present laws. Chief Allen, while personally expressing his desire that a State Fire Marshal’s Bureau be formed, stated that as it seems impossible to establish such a bureau, it might be necessary to consolidate such an office with the head of another bureau, preferably the insurance department. There was considerable discussion following Chief Allen’s report and it was finally voted to empower the committee of the association to continue its work with the Recess Committee of the Legislature and draft a bill which in their opinion might be of the best interest
of the Fire Departments and communities of the State.
Mr. Theodore W. Gunn ot Concord, N. H., engineer of the New Hampshire Board of Underwriters, gave one of his famous lectures and demonstrations covering gasoline, dust, electrical and other explosives as well as many combinations of spontaneous ignitions.
This is the first time that Mr. Gunn has given his demonstration before the Maine Chiefs Association and it was very much enjoyed by the members.
Following the morning session a Maine shore dinner was served in the dining hall and although the temperature was near one hundred every member seemed to enjoy a very delicious dinner which was served by local ladies.
The afternoon session opened with moving pictures of Bowdoin College football activities of the 1942 season alter which a tour was made of the Bowdoin College campus and the Naval Airport which is now being constructed in the town of Brunswick.
Chief Allen Pavson, of Camden, was introduced by the president as the newly elected Second Vice President of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs. He will be the third member of the Maine Association to become president of the New England Association. Resolutions of respect were drawn up for the late Chief George Densmore of Hallowed, whose death occurred since tiltlast meeting of the association.