Massachusetts Chiefs Elect Officers

Massachusetts Chiefs Elect Officers

Chief William C. Mahoney. Peabody, was re-elected President of the Fire Chiefs’ Club of Massachusetts at the annual meeting, which was held in the Parker House in Boston on May 18. Chief Frank F. Dickinson. Brockton, was elected First Vice-President; Chief Robert Tappen, Gardner. Second VicePresident; Chief Michael Shea, Fitchburg, Sergeant-at-Arms: and Chief William H. Hill. Belmont, Secretary-Treasurer.

The guest and speaker of the day was Eugene M. McSweeney. Commissioner of Public Safety of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was introduced by State Fire Marshal Stephen C. Garrity. A luncheon proceeded the meeting.

The report of Secretary Hill showed that the club has a membership of 256 including 171 active, 46 associate, 22 honorary, and 17 life members.

Chief Ray D. Wells, Falmouth, ExChief Thomas Mahoney, Westfield; Chief Herbert C. Root, Springfield; Chief Thomas H. Slaman, Welesley, and Ex-Chief Daniel F. Sennott, Boston, were chosen as the Board of Directors.

Chief Daniel B. Tierney, Arlington, Mass., President of the International Association of Tire Chiefs, and Chief John W. O’Hearn, Watertown, Mass., Secretary of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs, spoke briefly regarding plans for the coming conventions of their respective organizations.

Commissioner McSweeney thanked the Chiefs for their co-operation with his department and pointed out the fact that out of 172 arrests for arson. 167 convictions had been obtained. He said that the laboratory and Bureau of Photography of his department as well as the mobile 2-way radio unit, were at the disposal of the Chiefs.

Ex-Chief Peter E. Walsh. Boston, and City Electrician William Greenlaw. Beverly. spoke briefly. The next meeting of the club will be held in Boston on September 14.

Emergency Squad in Service at Reading, Pa. Formal housing of a new emergency squad truck was held at Reading, Pa., in conjunction with the ninetieth anniversary celebration of Friendship Company No. 4. It is the first piece of equipment of this type and will carry eight men, all volunteers. The equipment includes a 100-gallon pump, with 100-gallon booster tank, twelve salvage covers, gas masks, life gun, portable Homelite generator and floodlights, chain block, pipe wrenches, sledge hammers, rubber gloves, rubber boots and coats, respirators, bar cutter, safety belts, shovels, brooms, bars, first aid kits, three hundred feet of one-inch hose, goggles, etc. It also has a loud speaking system operated from the generator.

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