New England Signal Association Meets
Over sixty members of the New England Municipal Signal Association attended the semi-annual meeting of that organization held at the Stratfield Hotel, Bridgeport, Conn., on April 11 and 12. The meeting was welcomed by Mayor E. T. Buckingham.
The meeting was favored by an interesting talk and discussion given by J. F. Knight, Commissioner of Lines and Lights, Somerville, Mass. Mr. Knight’s subject was “Fire Alarm Mutual Aid.” C. M. Marron, General Superintendent of the Operating Department of the American District Telegraph Company, New York City, delivered a paper on “Practical Problems of Fire Protection.” Mr. Marron’s talk was followed by a discussion of the development of the A. D. T. Sprinkler Alarm, Valve Supervision, Automatic Fire Alarm, Manual Fire Alarm, Watchman Supervision and the apparatus connected therewith.
At 3 p.m. on the afternoon of the first day’s meeting the members were escorted to the huge General Electric Company’s plant on Boston Avenue, Bridgeport.
At 6 p.m. a dinner was held at the Stratfield Hotel and followed by a round table discussion of fire alarm work. During this part of the program the meeting yvas favored with a talk by Paul Horni, of the Horni Signal Manufacturing Company, who recently returned from a tour of European countries.
The second day’s meeting opened with a paper and demonstration by Wilfiam J. McKenna, Electrical Engineer Department of Public Safety, Jersey City, N. J. Mr. McKenna spoke on “Construction of A Fire Alarm Central Office by Municipal Employees.”
It was voted to hold the annual meeting in Boston.
The officers of the Association are: President, James Warnock, Swampscott. Mass.: First Vice-President, W. H. Greenlaw, Beverlv, Mass.; Second Vice-President. Frank Viet, Jr., Stamford. Conn.; Secretary-Treasurer. Alfred C.
Ames, Providence, R. I.
Claims of widows of Adam Township, Ohio, firemen were denied by the Industrial Commission. Six men were killed when the fire apparatus overturned last June. The state refused to pay the $6,500 death claims on the ground that volunteer firemen are not employees.
Two Ahrens-Fox pumpers, each of 1.000-gallon capacity, were tested by members of the New York Fire Department at the East River under the Queensboro Bridge. The pumpers are designed for extra heavy duty and during the twelve-hour tests, showed capacities and pressures in excess of the contract requirements. The tests were witnessed by officials of the New York Fire Department and chiefs of nearby municipalities.