Massachusetts State Firemen.
The Massachusetts State Firemen’s Association held its 22d annual convention at Lawrence on October 18, 10 and 20. President George L. Johnson, chief of the Waltham department, presided, Addresses of welcome were made by Mayor John T. Cahill and Dennis E. Carney, chief of the Lawrence fire department. Several responses were made, followed by introductory re marks by President Johnson. After hearing reports from the various committees. Hon. F. P. Bennett. Jr., of Saugus, addressed the convention on the “Massachusetts State Firemen’s Assn ciation and Its Influence for Good from a Legislator’s Standpoint.” The remainder of the first day’s program included addresses by Hon. Rob’t E. Burke, mayor, Newburyport, and by Mrs. Mary A. Lathan, Cambridge.
Report of commissioners from the Association of Firemen’s $15,000 Relief bund. F. S. Hosmer, chief fire department, Lowell.
Report of legislative committee, George L. Johnson, chief fire department, Waltham, Mass., chairman.
Report of pamphlet committee, Capt. James F. McKissock, chairman, Ladder Company No. 4, Lowell.
Reading of roll of honor.
Silent prayer in behalf of our late comrades. Address of commemoration—“Our Dead,” Michael S. O’Brien. Esq., Lawrence.
Address. “Bills Introduced in the Legislature of 1911, and Laws Affecting Firemen,” by Capt. Jas. F. McKissock, Ladder Company No. 4. Lowell.
Address, “What Progress Has Been Made to Date in the Development of Motor-Drawn and Driven Pumps, to take the place of the Steam Fire Engine?”
“What Progress Has Been Made to Date in the Development of Motor-Propelled Ladder Trucks,” by W. H. Daggett, chief engineer fire department, Springfield.
Address, “A Permanent Fireman’s Idea of the Rules and Regulations Governing the Permanent Force of Fire Departments,” Joseph A. Sanders, Engine Company No. 4, Somerville. Several selections were rendered by the Hancock Male Quartet.
The program was continued on the second clay as follows:
Address, “Comparative Merits of Solid, vs. Pneumatic Tires on Combination Fire Automobiles,” C. A. Young, Boston, Mass.
Address, “The Operation and Care of Automobile Fire Apparatus,” Lieut. Martin A. Keannealy, fire department, Boston, Mass.
Address, “Opinions of What Advantages will Accrue from the Adoption of the new rule Requiring Competitive Examinations for official Positions in the Boston Eire Department, and the Holding of Conference Meetings with the Heads of Departments and Citizens Generally in the Cities and Towns of Massachusetts, as Recently Adopted by the Board of Civil Service Commissioners,” Elmer L. Curtis, member of the board of civil service commissioners, Boston, M ass.
Address, “How Best to Improve Firemen, Mentally and Intellectually,” Rev. Alan Hudson, D.D., Brockton, Mass.
Address, “Will the use of Gasoline as a Motive Power on Fire Apparatus Compel the Installation of Electricity for Lighting and Heating Purposes in Fire Stations, and Reasons Therefore, Capt. William Brophy, Boston, Mass.
Addresses, “What Good, if any, Has Civil Service Done the Fire Departments of the State,” Henry A. Spencer, chief engineer, fire department. Chelsea; Thomas W. Roose, Engine Company No. 6, fire department, Boston, Mass.; by Arthur H. Brooks, Esq., secretary, Massachusetts Civil Service League, Boston.
Address, “Spiritual and Temporal Needs of Members of Fire Departments Injured at Fires,” Rev. James T. O’Reilly, O. S. A., Lawrence, Mass.
Address, “What Aid are Permissive Acts to the Suppression of Forest and Brush Fires, and Should not Mandatory Laws be Enacted,” by F. W. Rane, state forester, Boston. Mass.
Address, “Forest Fires and Best Methods to be Employed for Their Extinguishment,” M. C. Hutchins, state fire warden, Boston, Mass.
Address, “Danger to Firemen at Fires from the Fumes of Ammonia, and Methods of Treatment to Firemen so Injured,” by W. F. Daley, deputy chief, fire department, Brockton, Mass.
On the last day were heard report of credential committee.
Address, George W. Horton, chief engineer, fire department, Baltimore, Md.
Address, “Description of, and Progress to Date of Committee on Establishing a Metropolitan Fire District, for the Purpose of Forming a System of Notification of Fire Alarms among the Cities of Massachusetts,” John A. Mullen, chief engineer, fire department, Boston, Mass.
Address, “A Comparison of the Firemen and Fire Departments of To-day and Those of 20 Years Ago,” John R. Murphy, Esq., Boston, Mass.