Mutual Aid and Training Featured as N. Y. Coordinator’s Confer

Mutual Aid and Training Featured as N. Y. Coordinator’s Confer

More than 100 New York State Fire Coordinators, Deputy Coordinators, fire and civil defense top officials, gathered in Elmira, N. Y., March 15, 16 and 17, for the Second Annual Coordinator’s Conference, by direction of Governor Thomas E. Dewey. A Canadian delegation was also present.

In New York, training and mutual aid are administered by the Division of Safety, Bureau of Fire Mobilization and Control through County Fire Coordinators. Cooperating is a State Fire Advisory Board and local County Fire Advisory Boards. The State Board, whose chairman is former Jamestown Chief Rudolph Swanson, met during the Coordinator’s session. Present at the sessions were Thomas W. Ryan, Director, and Painter Harcourt, Deputy Director of the Division; B. Richter Townsend, Chief of the Bureau of Fire; and members of the Bureau’s staff. Lieutenant General Clarence R. Huebner, Director of State Civil Defense, was also present.

Also among the guests were John Gerletti, general manager of the I.A.F.C. and Chief Charles Fales, president New York State Firemen’s Association.

Mayor Emory Strachen and Fire Chief Louis J. Mosher welcomed the guests to Elmira.

During the three-day session, the Coordinators evaluated the state’s past and present fire training program, and formulated plans for continuing effort, to include graduate fire training and officer training in single and multiple company operations. The need for further county fire control and training centers received attention. The State’s comprehensive mutual aid plans were reviewed, with particular reference to radio communications, in which respect the State has far out-paced all others in the installation of county-wide radio networks. Considerable attention was given to the relation of State and County mutual aid as it affects civil defense and disaster planning.

The New York State Mutual Aid Plan, which can throw all the State's fire forces to the aid of any target city, or disaster area in an emergency, received enthusiastic approval of Governor Thomas E. Dewey, prior to the Coordinator's Conference in Elmira. Shown here are (left to right) Palmer Harcourt, Deputy Director, and Thomas Ryan, Director, State Division of Safety; B. Richter Townend, Chief, Bureau of Fire Mobilization and Control, and Governor Dewey.

Those who directed sessions during the three-day Conference, in addition to the Division and Bureau heads, included Dr. Leonard Silvern, Training Director; Lieutenant Donald M. O’Brien; Miss Day; William B. Marx; John H. Danahay; Frances W. Crowley; Timothy Stillman, Field Representatives, and Roswell Pooler, assistant deputy director of the Division. Representing the State, also, were Milton E. Alpert, director, State Retirement System: Charles W. Potter, and Sidney Goetz, counsel for the N. Y. State Civil De_____ence Commission. Representing the New York City Fire Department and its Civil Defense program was Acting Captain Frank Soracco. The Canadian delegation included Martin S. Hurst, of the Fire Marshal’s office, Toronto; Chief Arthur Burch of St. Catherines, Lincoln Co. coordinator and Chief K. R. Putnam, Waterloo Co. coordinator.

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