National Fire Protection Association

National Fire Protection Association

Resolutions Annual Meeting, May 4, 1920.

THE National Fire Protection Association, assembled in Chicago for its twenty-fourth annual meeting, bespeaks the continued observance by the people of the United States and Canada, both privately and in their occupations, of all measures for conservation of our resources. The supreme need of the war impoverished European world for foodstuffs and the products of North America, imposes an obligation upon us to safeguard to the extent of our intelligence and ability every form of natural and created resource. The elimination of waste, at all times the duty of good citizenship, is at this moment our profoundest public and private responsibility.

In its warfare against the needless sacrifice of human life and property by fire the Association advocates the following measures:

  1. The adoption by municipalities of the Standard Building Code of the National Board of Fire Underwriters to the end that fire-resistive building construction may be encouraged, the use of inflammable roof coverings prohibited, adequate exit facilities from buildings assured, and interiors so designed and firestopped as to make easy the extinguishment of fires therein.
  2. The adoption by all states and provinces of minimum building requirements for the protection of State, Provincial and County Hospitals, schools, asylums and similar institutions outside city limits and of small communities in which the establishment and enforcement of a building code is neglected.
  3. The enactment by each state and province of the fire marshal law advocated by the Fire Marshals’ Association of North America to the end that official investigation may be made of the causes of all fires, preventable fires may be eliminated by public education, and the crime of arson stamped out.
  4. The adoption of the Association’s ordinances providing for the systematic inspection of all buildings by city fire marshals or local firemen to insure the vigorous enforcement of rules for cleanliness, good housekeeping, and the maintenance of safe and unobstructed exits, fire-fighting apparatus and other protective devices.
  5. The enactment of ordinances fixing the cost of extinguishing preventable fires upon citizens disregarding fire prevention orders, and a more general legal recognition of the common law principle of personal liability for damage resulting from fires due to carelessness or neglect.
  6. The wider general use of the automatic sprinkler as a fire extinguishing agent and life saver and the more general adoption of the fire division wall as an important life saving exit facility.
  7. A careful study of the technical surveys of cities made by the engineers of the Committee on Fire Prevention of the National Board of Fire Underwriters covering the items of water supplies, their adequacy and reliability, fire department efficiency, fire alarm systems and conflagration hazards, and of the possibility of co-operation among neighboring cities through mutual aid and the standardization of hose couplings.
  8. The universal adoption and use of the safety match and legislation prohibiting smoking in all parts of factories, industrial and mercantile buildings except in such fireproof rooms as may be especially approved for the purpose by authorities having jurisdiction.
  9. The education of children and the public generally in careful habits regarding the use of fire, and the general adoption by the schools of the United States of the fire prevention manual “Safeguarding the Home Against Fire,” prepared by the National Board of Fire Underwriters for the United States Bureau of Education.
  10. That the use of motion picture projection machines, without a standard booth ventilated to the outside of the building, in churches, schools, clubs, hospitals and homes, be prohibited unless the film used is of slow-moving type, and that state and municipal laws and ordinances be adopted regulating motion picture exchanges, tending toward the ultimate end that motion picture films of the nitro cellulose type be replaced when practicable by a slow-burning film.
  11. The co-ordination of all these activities through a central administrative officer or body of the province, state or city, having primary jurisdiction, for the purpose of promoting uniformity of action and efficient co-operation.

In the furtherance of these objects the Association appeals for the co-operation of all citizens. It asks them to help in the dissemination of its valuable literature and in the use of the standards of fire protection so carefully worked out by its committees to the end that the lives and substance of our people shall not continue to be dissipated by a reckless and easily preventable waste.



Annual Meeting held in Ottawa, Canada, on May 6, 7 and 8—Complete Program— Officers Elected Important Committee Reports

The annual meeting of the National Fire Protection Association was held on May 6, 7 and 8. in the Ball Room of the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Can., the program being as follows:

Tuesday, May 6th—Morning Session, 10 A. M.

  1. Roll Call.
  2. Address of Welcome to Canada, His Excellency, the Duke of Devonshire, Governor General of Canada.
  3. Acknowledgment, President F. J. T. Stewart (New York).
  4. Address of Welcome to Ottawa, His Worship Harold Fisher, Mayor of Ottawa.
  5. Response, Mr. A. R. Small (Chicago).
  6. President’s Address.
  7. Appointment of Committee on Resolutions.
  8. Report of the Executive Committee.
  9. Resolutions.
  10. Reports of the Secretary-Treasurer and Editor of the Quarterly.
  11. Membership Committee Report. Charles E. Meek (New York), Chairman.
  12. Public Information—Committee Report, Franklin H. Wentworth (Boston), Chairman.
  13. State Fire Prevention Associations—Committee Report, Thos. R. Weddell (Chicago), Chairman, (12 Associations Represented).
  14. Canadian Committee Report, John B. Laidlaw (Toronto) Chairman.
  15. Five-minute Reports from Local Chapters and Organization Members on Work in Fire Prevention.
  16. Fire and Accident Prevention Day—Committee Report, H. P. Weaver (Philadelphia), Chairman.
  17. Manufacturing Risks and Special Hazards—Committee Report, Benjamin Richards (Chicago), Chairman.
  18. Afternoon Session, 2 P. M.

  19. Automatic Sprinklers—Committee Report, C. L. Scofield (Montreal), Chairman.
  20. Field Practice—Committee Report, C. H. Patton (Cleveland), chairman.
  21. Nomenclature—Committee Report, Mason R. Strong (New York), Chairman.
  22. Fire-Resistive Construction—Committee Report, Ira H. Woolson (New York), Chairman.
  23. Discussion—Subject: Certificates of Occupancy, Paper by Mr. Rudolph P. Miller (New York).

Wednesday, May 7th—Morning Session, 10 A. M.

  1. Fllectrical Committee Report, Dana Pierce (New York), Chairman.
  2. Signaling Systems—Committee Report, Ralph Sweetland (Boston), Chairman.
  3. Safety to Life—Committee Report, H. W. Forster (Philadelphia), Chairman.


Arranged by Canadian Committee, N. F. P. A., at 1 P. M. sharp, Chateau Laurier; Mr. W. H. Shapley, Chairman Dominion Fire Prevention Committee, presiding. Speaker, Sir Thomas White, K. C. M. G., Acting Prime Minister of Canada.

Wednesday Afternoon, May 7th

2:30 P. M.—Inspection of new Parliament Building being erected on site of former building burned in 1915.

3:30 P. M.—Display of Ottawa Fire Department in front of Parliament Building. Chief, J. W. Graham (Member N. F. P. A.)

3:45 P. M.—Drive to Royal Mint, thence via Rockcliffe Park and Ottawa Improvement Commission driveway, along the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers to Experimental Farm. Or a longer drive along same route, omitting the Mint, to Strathcona Park, and across the Interprovincial Bridge to Hull, returning via Chaudiere Falls to Experimental Farm. Afternoon tea will he served at Experimental Farm.

Wednesday Evening, May 7th

Public Fire Prevention Meeting in Collegiate Institute, Mr. Edward P. Heaton, Fire Marshal of Ontario, presiding.

7:45 P. M. sharp. Motion Picture: “An Unbeliever Convinced.” (Courtesy of Underwriters’ Laboratories.)

8:15 P. M. Address: “Underwriters’ Laboratories, an international public service.” (Illustrated by motion pictures of laboratory tests.) Mr. A. R. Small.

9:00 P. M. Address: “The National Fire Protection Association: International.” Mr. Franklin H. Wentworth.

Thursday, May 8th, Morning Session, 10 A. M.

  1. Marine Fire Hazards—Committee Report, Samuel D. McComb (New York), Chairman.
  2. Fire Pumps—Committee Report, H. O. Lacount (Boston), Chairman.
  3. Gases—Committee Report, J. I. Banash (New York), Chairman.
  4. Inflammable Liquids—Committee Report, Edward A. Barrier, (Boston), Chairman.
  5. Hazardous Chemicals and Explosives—Committee Report, George W. Booth (New York), Chairman.
  6. Motion Pictures: Tests of Automatic Sprinklers in Film Storage Vaults. (Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co.) Mr. J. F. Ancona.
  7. Standardization of Pipe and Pipe Fittings—Committee Report, Walter Teague (New York) Chairman.
  8. Report of Committee on Resolutions.
  9. Reports of Delegates to Conventions of Other Bodies.
  10. New Business.
  11. Report of Nominating Committee and Election of Officers.

The Nominating Committee, 1919, R. H. Newbern (Philadelphia), Chairman, submitted the following nominations for officers, members of Executive Committee, and members of Nominating Committee:

President, Mr. F. J. T. Stewart (New York).

1st Vice-President, Mr. H. O. Lacount (Boston. Mass.)

2nd Vice-President, Mr. W. E. Mallalieu (New York).

Secretary-Treasurer, Mr. Franklin H. Wentworth (Boston, Mass.)

Chairman of Executive Committee, Mr. Rudolph P. Miller (New Y ork).

Executive Committee (for Three Years), Mr. D. Knickerbacker Boyd (Philadelphia): Mr. J. H. Brumbaugh (Chicago); Mr. John H. Kenney (Baltimore); Mr. John B. Laidlaw (Toronto); Mr. Willis O. Robb (New York). (For Two Years), Mr. Edmund L. Sanders (Worcester).

For Nominating Committee (1920), Three Members—Mr. F. E. Cabot (Boston), Chairman; Mr. W. H. Merrill (Chicago); Mr. T. B. Sellers (Columbus).

These gentlemen were unanimously elected.

In his report the secretary and editor, Franklin H. Wentworth, called attention to the fact that the membership, both in the United States and Canada, had been increasingly decimated by demands for overseas service, last year 412 names having been stricken from the rolls, representing a direct loss of 14 per cent. As against this the added efforts of members of the association, supplementing the work of the executive committee, had added 527 new members, an actual net gain of 115 for the year and a total association membership of 3,129. Three organization members had been lost during the year, reducing this class from 130 to 127. General conditions of fire waste in the country were still far from satisfactory; while Canada seemed awakening to the seriousness of the situation and the necessity for fire prevention; in the United States, the suppression of the Fire Prevention Section of the War Industries Board had brought back much of the old lack of vigilance. On the other hand the National Board of Fire Underwriters had done much for the cause of fire prevention.

Rudolph P. Miller, as chairman, presented a report for the executive committee. Two meetings had been held during the year—in June and January. The resignation of Chairman H. L. Phillips necessitated the appointment of Mr. Miller. The invitation of Ottawa had been unanimously accepted by the committee, this being a departure from the established rule oi meeting alternately in Chicago and New York, the other exception being the meeting in Washington in 1917. Six recommendations on standard flash point testers were unanimously agreed upon at the final conference, and recommended to the association for approval. A further report of the results of the convention will appear in a later issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.