NEW YORK STATE FIREMEN’S CONVENTION
The twenty-fifth annual convention of the New York State Firemen’s Association met in the Van Curler Opera house. Schenectady, N.Y., on the morning of August 17. Over 500 delegates were in attendance—an unusually large number for the first day. Rev. John Reilly opened the proceedings with prayer. The addresses of welcome were made by Mayor Clute, Messrs. Austin A. Yates and Daniel Naylor. The speeches in reply were by J.F. Schlosser, of Fishkill Landing, president of the association; Major I. B. Haggerty, treasurer of the State Firemen’s Home, and Col. J. E. Rogers, of Hudson.
Statistician W. E. Churchill read his annual report. He gave a careful comparison of the fire losses during the past two or three years, which showed a falling off. He attributed this to the improvement in the fire service as well as the improved protection in all branches of the service.
The first paper was read by J. F. ‘Pucker, of Newburgh. The subject assigned was: “As the first duty of a fireman is to save life, would it not be advisable to organize a special corps in each department for that service ? ” The paper was an exhaustive one and arorsed considerable enthusiasm, Mr. Tucker’s views, that such a step was entirely feasible and advisable, meeting with the approval of the convention.
Peter J. Mitchell,of Yonkers; next read a paper on: “Should not a member of a fire company be required to do a certain amount of fire duty to be entitled to exemption from jury duty and an exempt certificate?” The question was thoroughly discussed by the convention.
The next topic taken up was: “Should not the office of State fire marshal be created by the legislature?” The paper, prepared by J. T. Stannard, of Castile, was read by W. E. Churchill in the former’s absence. This was also discussed.
The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, Thomas O’Connor, Waterford; first vice-president, Daniel Naylor, jr., Schenectady; second vice president, W. E. Colgrove, Horseheads; secretary, Thomas Hanahan, Frankfort; treasurer, George H. Scott, Coxsackie;statistician, W. E. Churchill. Weedsport; trustees of Firemen’s Home, George W. Anderson. New York. John Courtney, Brooklyn. John F. Schlosser, Fishkill.
Binghamton was chosen as the next place of meeting.
The delegates were banqueted by the citizens and firemen of the city, followed by a filibuster parade, given by the local firemen and the civil and military organizations of Schenectady.
The usual parade and tournament, with a display of fire works formed the concluding features of the gathering.
Insurance Commissioner Dearth, of Minnesota, very much deplores the fact that the last State legislature did not see fit to pass the bill creating the office of fire marshal. If such a law were in force, he believes that it would result in a decrease of from twenty-five to fifty per cent, in the annual fire loss of the State.