NEW JERSEY CHIEFS WITNESS TESTS TO SHOW FIRE DANGERS IN HOME
Association Holds Quarterly Meeting at Fort Lee, N. J.—Ex-Chief Kenlon, Robert H. Seip, Charles Fisher, and Others, Speakers
DEMONSTRATIONS to show the dangers of certain household hazards were made under the auspices of the New Jersey Zinc Company at a quarterly meeting of the New Jersey State Fire Chiefs Association held at The Rivera, Fort Lee, N. J.. June 15. President Charles Greenfield presided. Rev. Edward Kelder, a volunteer fireman for many years, offered invocation. The chiefs were welcomed by Mayor Louis Hoeber.
John Kenlon, ex-Chief, New York Fire Department, gave a brief history of the Fort Lee district. Frank Sharpe, President, State Exempt Firemen’s Association, gave a brief talk.
The demonstrations was made by Robert H. Seip, assisted by Sidney Hall. Mr. Seip said that few towns authorize the inspection of buildings, especially where there are no building codes. Fire prevention is a little common sense, plus knowledge, plus realization of the value of the subject. He showed the force of exploding corn starch as dust, overloading of electric circuits, gasoline for cleaning, the safety of carbon tetrachloride, spontaneous combustion and the possibility of fire starting when an electric light is broken in the presence of gasoline fumes.
Charles Fisher, Consulting Engineer, told of the standardization of hose couplings in the state.
Sixteen hundred men have been trained in the state to teach other men. J. A. McCarthy, State Supervisor of Vocational Training said that the worker was not properly taught to do the job. Through imitating other workers he absorbed many had points and a few good ones. Schools must teach the men who have been displaced in industry due to economic depression. Conferences are held to draw out and exchange ideas. New Jersey state has done pioneer work in developing teacher-firemen. This work does not displace the fire school, nor does it improve fire fighting methods. The training of teacher-firemen is part of the work of the State Department of Instruction.
Frequent drills and trainings must meet local problems. Each department should meet its own problems. These facts were brought out by Mr. Fisher. He recommended that an annual award be made for teaching and drills and training, the award to be in the form of a plaque to be attached to the apparatus of the winning department or company.
A number of problems were presented to he answered by Chiefs present. Some of the questions were on relaying fire apparatus, how to extinguish fire in a church steeple, and the size nozzles to use.