New York Chiefs Meet
The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs held their winter meeting at the Old Academy opposite the State Capitol in Albany on January 20.
Fire Chief Fred C. Knight of North Tonawanda, and President of the New York State Fire Chiefs Association, opened the meeting. He presented to the members a brief resume of what had taken place since the last meeting. Fallowing this, Fire Chief Henry F. Drake, the new Financial Secretary, was called upon to report all the finances of the organization up to and including the present meeting.
After the regular routine business, a number of interesting talks and discussions were presented. Chief James J. Higgins of Schenectady, New York State Fire Coordinator, gave a very interesting talk on the cooperation that was being given by his department to the various fire chiefs throughout the state. In this talk he highlighted the many problems that had come before his office regarding the fire defense situation in the state. Just as soon as the remaining county fire coordinators are appointed, the program outlined by Chief Higgins will go forward with much greater speed.
Chief Knight then introduced to the membership a representative of the State Board of Education, who outlined briefly the cooperation that could be afforded chiefs with regard to the various fire schools throughout the state. One definite idea brought out was that the fire schools should be brought closer to the various communities because of the lack of transportation due to the gas shortage.
Chief Swanson of Jamestown, gave a brief outline of the coming convention to be held there on May 17, 18 and 19. Many interesting speakers and demonstrations are to be given at this convention.
Another interesting subject presented on the floor and discussed pro and con was that of the admission of industrial fire chiefs into the organization. It was proposed by Chief Brown of Newburgh, Chief Swanson of Jamestown and Chief J. J. O’Leary of Greenwood Lake. Many of the industrial chiefs are former members of various departments throughout the state and, in addition, employ’ former members of these various departments. Close cooperation between industrial fire chiefs and fire chiefs of various cities and towns would be brought about by their admission as associate members into the New York State Fire Chiefs Association, it was pointed out.
Following the afternoon session an interesting fire extinguisher demonstration was held. The delegates assembled in front of the old Academy where a new chemical, manufactured by the Nation-Wide Fire Prevention and Equipment Company, Inc., 214 East 45th Street, New York City, was demonstrated in connection with fire ertinguisher operation.
The purpose of this chemical is for the charging of new and old type soda and acid extinguishers. The chemical eliminates the use of soda and acid in soda and acid extinguishers without any reconstruction of the extinguishers. The chemical is non-injurious to materials or to persons. It is an “anti-freeze” that can stand a temperature as low as sixtythree degrees below zero. When this chemical is being expelled from the extinguisher and comes in contact with drapes, carpets, woodwork or other inflammable materials it produces a flame-proofing effect. It is a non-conductor of electricity, and does not corrode metals. In the demonstration the extinguisher threw a stream for a period of one minute and fifteen seconds, a distance of forty feet.