N. F. P. A. Meets at Atlantic City
In addressing the forty-second annual convention of the National Fire Protection Association held at Atlantic City, N. J., Robert S. Moulton, Boston, estimated the 1937 fire losses in the United States at $285,000,000 or $8,000,000 below the 1936 figures. The largest loss of the year was the burning of the Hindenburg at Lakehurst with a loss of almost $4,000,000. There were twentythree fires in which the loss was $250,000 or more. This is nineteen lower than for the same group in 1936
Chief Daniel B. Tierney, Arlington, Mass., President of the I. A. F. C., presented a paper on “The Future of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.” in which he pointed out the features of the educational program now being inaugurated.
The Committee on Forest Fires reported that ninety-three per cent of forest fires in this country were man made. Seven per cent were caused by lightning.
The association adopted a resolution requesting Attorney General of the United States to recommend the passing of an amendment to the crimes act. making it unlawful for any person to flee from one state to another for the purpose of avoiding prosecution or giving testimony in arson cases.
Dr. David J. Price, U. S. Department of Agriculture. Washington, reported that there was a marked reduction in dust explosions in industrial plants in recent years, particularly the food plants. He said that more attention must be given to dust explosion prevention in grain elevators.
The officers elected are Samuel D. McComb, New York. President; Alvah R. Small, Chicago, Vice-President; David J. Price, Washington, Vice-President; Franklin H. Wentworth, Boston. Secretary-Treasurer and Managing Director; Albert T. Bell, Atlantic City. Chairman of the Board of Directors.