New England Fire Chiefs’ Convention
If there was any hesitation as to the wisdom of holding a sectional convention of fire chiefs in New England to embrace the membership of the states of this section of the country, it was rapidly dispelled by the ready response which was made to the suggestion by the heads of departments in the eastern states. Not only did a large number of chiefs themselves signalize their intentions to be present, but also the manufacturers of fire apparatus and appliances made ready an excellent exhibit, both in numbers and quality, and this is always an index of success of a fire convention.
The convention itself bore out this promise of success and was everything that was expected of it and more so. The papers were of an excellent quality and the discussions were lively, interesting and instructive. The experiment of sectional meetings of fire chiefs is not a new one. Two notable instances have proved successful, those of the Pacific Coast Association of Fire Chiefs and the Dominion Association of Fire Chiefs, both of which organizations embrace considerable territory and both also are strong in numbers and influence. The success of the New England Fire Chiefs’ Association should encourage other sections throughout the country to form associations of like nature. There are several strong state associations, but the sectional idea in the east and south is comparatively new, and the departure of the New England chiefs has been watched with considerable interest by other sections. Now that it has proved successful other groups of states might do well to consider following New England’s example.