New York State Firemen Hold Spirited Convention
A busy, educational program, highlighted by out-of-door and indoor fire extinguishing operations, and the presentation of a commendation to the New York State Hotel Association, marked the annual convention of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. June 3 to 6 last. Over 300 members and their friends were in attendance.
President Chief Walter J. Buckert of the Association, who presided, presented a handsomely framed scroll commending the N. Y. State Hotel Association for its support of fire safety measures urged by the firemen, and its cooperation in other ways through its fire consultant, John J. McCarthy, former Chief of the New York Fire Department.
The members convened Sunday, June 3, opening with an evening session which included addresses of welcome, and the memorial services. Speakers on Monday included Batt. Chief James Deasy, N. Y. F. D. (retired), who spoke on “Know Your Hot Spots, Chief” ; Chief Paul P. Heinz of New Haven, who discussed automatic fire alarms; also Thomas W. Ryan, Director, J. Palmer Harcourt, Deputy Director, and B. Richter Townsend, Chief Bureau of Fire, all of the State Division of Safety; Col. Lawrence Wilkinson, State Director of Civil Defense; J. L. Risinger, Safety Supervisor, Socony-Vacuum Oil Companies, who gave a demonstrationtalk on oil problems found by firemen and Captain Edward F. Curren, Underwriters Rating Board, who discussed the much-reviewed State MacNeil-Mitchell Multiple Dwelling Law.
On Tuesday, the morning was devoted to a “surprise panel” conducted by B. Richter Townsend. Chief Bureau of Fire, on modern radio communications in the fire service. Included in the panel were: Deputy Chief Thomas P. O’Brien, in charge. Bureau of Fire Alarm Telegraph, New York Fire Department; Chief Roi B. Woolley, Assistant Editor FIRE ENGINEERING, Chairman Committee on Communications, International Association of Fire Chiefs; Chief Leo Barry, Utica, N. Y ; Charles W. Potter, chief municipal consultant, State Dept, of Audit and Control, and Edwin H. Coker, engineer special facilities, of the New York Telephone Co. This panel reviewed the entire subject of fire service radio from the national, state and local levels.
Joseph F. Gillece, special investigator of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, New York, also spoke on the question of arson, under the topic “What Shall I Do Now?”
Wednesday’s sessions were devoted to election of officers and other business details. The officers elected for the forthcoming year are: Chiefs Irving D. Merrick, Poughkeepsie, host chief at the convention, president; Frank F. Love, Painted Post; first vice-president; Louis J. Mosher, Elmira, second vice-president; Henry F. Drake, Clinton Corners, secretary.