MEETING OF NEW JERSEY CHIEFS
The semi-annual meeting of the New Jersey State Fire Chief’s Association was held at Morristown, April 20, with some forty in attendance. Showers during the forenoon kept several away. Chief W. F. Day met the chiefs at the depot and conveyed them to the central fire station, where the meeting was held, in the automobile of the fire police. The chiefs of Plainfield, Bayonne, Passaic and East Orange went in their autos. After a buffet luncheon the meeting was opened at 11:30 by Chief Charles E. Burr, of Bordentown, vice-president, in the absence of President W. J. Black, of Atlantic City, who was detained until near the close of the meeting. Letters were read from several regretting their enforced absence, because of sickness, etc. Treasurer T. O. Doane, of Plainfield, reported a balance of $213.85 in the treasury, and Secretary C. S. Mount, of Red Bank, stated that there were 52 members. William Ash, of South Orange, H. S. Warman, Boonton; G. E. Koeber, Bloomfield: J. J. Schwark, Long Branch; S. H. Gruver. Madison, and C. H. Day, Menahan. were elected members Several fire commissioners and others of different cities were elected honorary members. Chief Doane, chairman of the legislative committee, reported relative to the State fire marshal bill, which the association has been endeavoring for three years to have the State Legislature pass, that at the recent session of the Legislature the bill successfully passed all the preliminary stages and there was no apparent opposition to it until the last moment when a protest came from Newark, because the bill included first-class cities, some of which, including Newark, have a fire marshal, which deieated the bill. Some opposition to the bill, as far as it applies to first-class cities, was presented at the meeting by Chief Dunn, of Hoboken, and others. It was stated that it will be impossible to have a fire marshal law which included first-class cities, and the legislative committee was instructed to get together the different elements and endeavor to arrange a bill satisfactory to all, to be presented to the next Legislature for enactment. Chief Doane also reported that a bill relative to mutual insurance premiums, which, if adopted, would materially increase the insurance tax income for the fire departments and companies of the State was also defeated at the lost moment, but that it would probably pass the next session of the Legislature. Chief Alfred Davis, of Bayonne, State vice-president of the International Association of Fire Engineers, reported that he had arranged an excursion trip for the chiefs of the State and all others who wished to join them to the coming chiefs’ convention at New Orleans, which will go via Buffalo and Cincinnati and return by boat, leaving at 10 A. M., and arrive in New Orleans in 48 hours, the trip rate being $70, or return could be made by rail at a round trip rate of $64.30. The meeting endorsed this trip. A. S. Jackson, of New Providence. voiced the sentiment of the meeting when he presented a protest against the legislative committee of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Relief Association, which is an appointive committee, serving as members of the executive committee, consisting of the president, vice-president and other officers of the association who are elected. It is claimed that by having the legislative committee serve as members of the executive committee it practically places the whole control of the association in the hands of its president, which it was claimed might be a dangerous power for one man to hold, although no evil effects had as yet come from it. The meeting approved of the proposed change and appointed a committee consisting of Mr. Jackson, Chief R. H. Bowker, of Passaic, and ex-Chief John Stagg, of Paterson, to take the matter in charge. H. T. Wreaks, a mechanical engineer, of New York, presented some matters relative to fire prevention, the principal of which was that chiefs keep records of fires by district for some years back. This has been done by some paid chiefs for some time, but most of the chiefs and others at the meeting did not take kindly to the suggestion, as they are of the opinion that fire prevention is exacting of them enough of their time to attend to fire prevention of the present without asking them to prepare records of fires for past years, which they think will not in any way benefit the fire service of the present time. At the dinner Chief Black, of Atlantic City, spoke on fire prevention and condemned some of the prevention methods which fire prevention theorists, who do not understand the practical operation of fire departments, have had installed, or arc urging for adoption. He condemned the taking of firemen necessary to properly operate fire apparatus away from their fire extinguishing duties to perform fire prevention duties. He urged that fire service affairs be left to practical firemen who are the most competent to handle them and that extra firemen be appointed for fire prevention duties, if firemen are to perform such duties. The chiefs present approved of what he said. After dinner at 2 o’clock the delegates were taken on a ride in the automobiles of the department, visiting Washington’s headquarters and several department stations. The operation of the new electric neighborhood alarm born, the invention of City Electrician Pierson, was demonstrated at the First Ward Hose Company station. The several pieces of motor apparatus, including the chiefs’ autos of Passaic and South Orange, were demonstrated en route by each one at different intervals, passing all the others. One steam fire engine was trailed behind a motor hose wagon. The Morristown fire department, which is completely motorized, consists of a Robinson pumping engine, a Mack ladder truck, an American-La France chemical engine, two White hose wagons and one White fire police car.