New England Association Convention Program
The 26th Annual Conference of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs, to be held June 21 to 24 inclusive at the Wentworth, Portsmouth, N. H., is an ambitious one.
Monday, June 21 is given over to registration, the Conference opening Tuesday with an address by President Arthur W. Spring; invocation by Rev. Michael F. Codings; addresses of welcome by Mayor Cecil M. Neal, Portsmouth; Edward C. Peterson, Chief Manager of the city; Chief Oscar B. Berquist, Berlin, N. H., president New Hampshire Fire Chiefs’ Club and Chief George T. Cogan, Portsmouth, N. H. Response to the welcomes will be delivered by Chief Albert W. Kimball, Hingham Fire Department. There will be a memorial address and the benediction by Rev. John P. Fitzsimmons, Plymouth Congregational Church, Belmont, Mass.
Tuesday afternoon, the business sessions includes addresses by Chief John E. Holden, Newington, on “Forest Fire Conditions As I Saw Them in Maine and New Hampshire”; Chief Ralph G. Seavey, Rochester, N. H., on “Emergency Fire Conditions at Rochester”; Raymond J. Kenney, Mass. State Forester, “Forest Fire Conditions in Massachusetts During the October Emergency and its Solution”: Chief Oliver T. Sanborn. Portland, Me., “My Experiences at the Maine Fires”; Chief Henry Fortier, Manville, R. I., “Fire Fighting in Rural Districts,” and Walter H. Phoenix, Consulting Engineer, Concord, N. H., on “The Relation of Thermal Insulating Material to Fire Safety.”
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Wednesday’s sessions include addresses by Chief Alfred Koltonski, Rutland, Vt., on “Firemen’s Training in Small Communities”; Chief Paul P. Heinz, New Haven, Conn., “Surface Active Agents. Wet Water and its Advantages”; Chief Henry C. Thomas, Hartford, Conn., “Your Problems Are MyProblems”; Ralph F. Anderson, Stoneham, Mass.. “Radio and Its Advantages to Fire Departments,” and Fred B. Philbrick, president, The Gamewell Company, on “Vocalarm Communications for Fire Departments.”
The afternoon session will start off with a round table discussion, headed by Fred Shepperd. Editor, FIRE ENGINEERING, covering the subjects of “Mutual Aid for Small Communities”; “Standardization of l 1/2-in. Threads and Booster Line Threads and Forestry Threads”; “Labor Conditions and Shorter Hours.” and other subjects, to be announced, This will be followed by demonstrations by manufacturers of fire apparatus and equipment. The banquet will be held on Wednesday evening.
Thursday will see the reports of officers and committees, and other business of the association, concluding with the election of officers.
Officers of the Association for 1947-48 are: Chief Arthur W. Spring. Laconia, N. H., President; Chief William Hill, Belmont, Mass., First Vice-President; Chief Stuart Potter, Greenwich, Conn., Second Vice-President, and Ex-Chief John O’Hearn, Watertown, Mass., Sec.Treas.