Important Measures Given Added Impetus by the New Jersey Fire Chiefs’ Association at the Atlantic City Convention

THAT great headway is being made by the New Jersey State Fire Chiefs Association in its efforts to safeguard the schools of the state against fire, and also in bringing about the general standardization of hose couplings, was reported at the annual meeting at Atlantic City, September 21. Close to 125 chiefs and other members attended the gathering, which was held in conjunction with the convention of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association.

President Charles W. Greenfield reviewed the work of the association and further outlined the constructive program that has been launched to make New Jersey a model state in matters of fire protection.

The report of Treasurer Mitchell showed receipts of $1,139.66 during the year, with expenses of $794.79, leaving a balance of $344.87.

Steady growth in the membership was also shown in the report of Secretary Trowbridge. In 1920, the association had 204 members; 1921, 258; 1922, 327, and at the time of this meeting there were 410 in good standing.

Charles W. Greenfield, Re-elected President

Returns from a questionnaire sent out by the school committee to fire chiefs throughout the state to check up on the fire hazards of school buildings, revealed serious conditions in many instances. The chiefs, being without authority to order remedial measures in schools, are working in cooperation with the state school officials through the medium of the association to eliminate any dangers found to exist. A recommendation of the committee that steps be taken to have plans for all new school buildings submitted to a chief’s committee for final approval, was unanimously favored. In urging the importance of such a measure, President Greenfield pointed out that the state is spending millions of dollars every year for new school buildings, the plans for which in most cases are prepared by architects who lack the knowledge of fire hazards and thus disregard this element of safety in drawing plans. It was felt that only an experienced fire chief could properly determine safeguards necessary in such structures.

The consultation committee, which gives confidential help to individual chiefs when they are in trouble and want advice, merely reported progress without going into detail, owing to the nature of their work. This committee is composed of Chief Paul J. Moore of Newark, chairman; Chief August Gerstung, Elizabeth, and Chief Chris Hasselhuhn, Oarlstadt.

Chairman T. Howell Johnson, of the membership committee told of the work being done to add to the ranks of the association and urged that there be no let-up in the campaign for new members.

A new constitution to govern the conduct of the organization was drafted and submitted by Chairman Ogden, of the by-law committee. It was voted into effect immediately and ordered printed and distributed. A rising vote of thanks was given the committee.

An interesting talk on hose coupling standardization was given by Major Howland, of the National Board of Fire Underwriters. He told of the great work that was being done in this respect throughout the country, and took occassion to congratulate the association for its efforts in bringing about the adoption of standardized threads in New Jersey, one of the first states to take up this work. Major Howland assured the association of the fullest co-operation of the underwriters in any constructive measures that might be undertaken.

R. M. Cadman, of the Schedule Rating Bureau, also spoke on standardization and gave a detailed outline of what has so far been accomplished in New Jersey. Mr. Cadman’s organization is rapidly pushing the standardization work to completion throughout the state.

Charles H. Fisher, chairman Endowment Committee and secretary Standardization Committee, wired his inability to be present. The secretary was instructed to send letter of regret.

The chiefs received with sorrow word of the serious illness of their fellow member. Chief Fred Williams of Montclair. The secretary was instructed to send flowers with the wish for his speedy recovery. It is said Chief Williams is losing his sight and may never be able to take up his work again.

At the suggestion of President Greenfield it was voted to present a wrist watch to Miss Estelle Finnerty who has served the association in a secretarial capacity without compensation.

A demonstration of the Atlantic City high pressure system was given on the Boardwalk Friday morning, and Chief Barnett had planned an exhibition at his new training school Saturday, but rain interfered.

The officers were unanimously re-elected: President, Charles W. Greenfield; Vice-President, Charles L. Nickerson; Secretary, Fred A. Trowbridge; Treasurer, George Mitchell. Trustees elected were: A. B. Lembeck. three years; William Ziegler, two years, and Samuel A. Gruver, one year.

Chiefs and others in attendance were: James W. Adams, West Berlin, N. J.; Charles M. Allen, Basking Ridge, N. J.; John V. Barnett, Atlantic City, N. J.; George Baumbach, South Vineland, N. J.; Harry J. Becker, South Orange, N. J.; Ernest S. Beckert, West New York, N. J.; C. A. Behling, Pitman, N. J.; J. A. Beneckner, Asbury Park, N. J.; James W. Bennett, Trenton, N. J.; Fred E. Bensen, New York City; James T. Bersey, Elizabeth, N. J.; O. F. Beutell, New York City; Walter J. Bond, Union, Union Co., N. J.; H. W. Breder, Egg Harbor City, N. J.; R. C. Buckwater, Toms River, N. J.; Charles E. Burr, Bordentown, N. J.; R. M. Cadman, Newark, N. J.; A. T. Callahan, Harrison, N. J.; John H. Carberry, West Berlin, N. J.; Joseph T. Carter, Thorofare, N. J.; Peter B. Carter, Camden, N. J.

D. A. Clark, Key Port, N. J.; George Cluin, Atlantic City, N. J.; DeWitt C. Cobb, North Long Branch, N. J.; William P. Colligan, Stockton, N. J.; William C. Cook, Prospect Heights, N. J.; Thomas Coyle, Paterson, N. J.; Thomas G. Davidson, Crosswicks, N. J.; E. N. C. Davis, Haddon Heights, N. J.; Warren L. Drenner, Boonton, N. J.; John L. Drummer, Wenonah, N. J.; James R. Earle, 217 Raritan Ave., New Brunswick, N. J.; Nelson Eberhardt, New York City; William Exall, Ocean Gate, N. J.; Henry C. Famm, Demarest, N. J.; George E. Fetch, Florham Park, N. J.; Estelle M. Finnerty (assistant secretary); Harry J. Francis, New Brunswick, N. J.; C. L. Frye, Longport, N. J.; Eugene W. Fuer, Bound Brook, N. J.; August Gerstung, Elizabeth, N. J.

John J. Gilday, Hoboken, N. J.; Fred P. Gill, Red Bank, N. J.; Charles W. Goodwin, Sewell, N. J.; Charles H. Graham, Morristown, N. J.; George G. Greene, Garwood, N. J.; G. W. Greenfield, Kearney, N. J.; Samuel A. Gruver, Madison, N. J.; Ollie Hackney, Margate City, N. J.; Stephen Hackney, Margate City, N. J.; Charles B. Heckel, Mountainside, N. J.; John G. Heus, Fort Lee, N. J.; Edward R. Hendrickson, White Horse, Trenton, N. J.; George C. Hepner, Cedarville, N. J.; Theodore Herrmann, Maywood, N. J.; Maj. J. H. Howland, New York City; Fred O. Howlett, Basking Ridge, N. J.; William F. Ingold, Edgewater, N. J.; Charles P. Jacobs, Norwood, N. J.; David Johnson, Penns Grove, N. J.; T. Howell Johnson, Bloomfield, N. J.

Samuel E. Jones, Netcong, N. J.; William L. Jones, Atlantic City, N. J.; Adolph Jost, Oaklyn, N. J.; J. W. Jungkurth, Stone Harbor, N. J.; John Kane, South Plainfield. N. J.; James F. Kidney, New Brunswick, N. J.; George E. Koeber, Bloomfield, N. J.; Joseph B. Kronenberg, Bernardsville, N. J.; A. B. Lembeck, Demarest, N. J.; Christian Lippert, Weehawken. N. J.; E. H. McAllister, Moorestown, N. J.; E. B. McCreles, Jr., New Brunswick. N. J.; William T. McCullough, North Plainfield, N. J.; W. A. Mahnke, Mays Landing, N. J.; John J. Marterson, North Caldwell, N. J.; S. F. Mason, Key Port, N. J.; R. Meek, Bogota, N. J.; William H. Miller, Chatham, N. J.; George L. Mitchell, East Orange, N. J.; Paul J. Moore. Newark, N. J.; H. Mussehl, Bogota, N. J.; Michael Murphy, New York City.

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School Hazards Discussed by N. J. Chiefs

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John E. Myers, Boonton, N. J.; Richard E. Newmann, Merchantville, N. J.; Charles L. Nickerson, Wildwood. N. J.; E. R. Oakes, East Rutherford, N. J.; A. C. Ogden. Kenilworth, N. J.; Frank Ogden, Roselle, N. J.: John Ollek, Mt. Ephraim, N. J.; Ralph C. Owen, Clarksboro, N. J.; Alfred F. Pfeuffer, Cliffside Park, N. J.; Henry M. Phillips. Hammonton, N. J.; Knowlton F. Pierce, Kearney, N. J.; A. V. Pierson, Highstown, N. J.; K. V. Ridley, Teaneck. N. J.; Adam A. Ritter, Clifton, N. J.; C. S. Rittenhouse, Flemington, N. J.; William F. Robinson, Moorestown. N. J.; Arthur Russey, Glen Ridge, N. J.; Edward J. Scheiber, Cedar Grove, N. J.; Louis E. Scherrer, Roselle Park, N. J.; Gottfried Shock, Jr., Union, N. J.; Joseph J. Schwab, Leonia, N. J.; James J. Sheehan, West Orange, N. J.; Clarence G. Sked, Pennington, N. J.; E. S. Spinning. Bernardsville, N. J.; Bayard C. Stavely, Haddonfield, N. J.; A. G. Stewart, Jr., Glassboro, N. J.; Philip J. Stoll, Keyport, N. J.; Dr. E. D. Timmins, High Bridge, N. J.; Fred Tronelli, Landisville, N. J.; F. A. Trowbridge, Morristown, N. J.; O. B. Van Camp. Point Pleasant, N. J.; John Van Deren, Prospect Park, N. J.; Thomas H. Wallace, Island Heights, N. J.; Henry J. Weingartner, Verona, N. J.; Louis W. Wick. Weehawken, N. J.; G. S. Williams, Newfield, N. J.; Robert Wilson, Rochelle, N. J.; D. A. Woodhouse, New York City; Henry S. Worman, Boonton, N. J.; William Ziegler, Hackensack, N. J.


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