Massachusetts Chiefs Meet
Civil service regulations affecting municipal Fire Departments and the hazards of air conditioning systems were the subjects discussed at the meeting of the Fire Chiefs’ Club of Massachusetts, which was held in the Parker House, Boston.
Chief William C. Mahoney, Peabody, presided. Speakers on revision of civil service rules were Representative William R. Gilman, Malden, and Representative Leo P. Landry. Watertown. Those who discussed this included Chief Fred A. Clark, Attleboro: Chief Selden R. Allen, Brookline; Chief Ray D. Wells, Falmouth; Chief Daniel B. Tierney, Arlington; Fire Commissioner Henry Walton, Plymouth: and Chief Frank E. Landers, Chicopee. Objection was made to oral tests and Representative Landry said recommendations had been made to abolish this form of examination.
E. W. Fowder, National Board of Fire Underwriters, spoke on “Fire Hazards of Air Conditioning Systems.” He told of the difficulties and dangers in combatting fires in air ducts and of safety measures that should be adopted.
The club voted to instruct the Legislative Committee to file a bill to place all Chiefs in the state under civil service. A resolution was passed opposing federal taxation of municipal salaries.
It was voted to have a “Governors’ Day” meeting in January, and to accept the invitation of Chief William J. Sands to hold the February meeting in Quincy and inspect the new fire headquarters in that city.