Official Notice.

Official Notice.


The twentieth annual convention of the National Association of Fire Engineers will be held in the council chamber in the city of Louisville. Ky., commencing October 4. 1892. It is the earnest desire of the officers to have a larger attendance than any former convention, and it is expected that each member will attend this meeting and bring some new member with him.

Headquarters will be established at the Louisville Hotel, where a rate of $3 per day has been secured. Those desiring baths and special accommodations will be charged extra.

Chief Hughes has arranged to care well for all exhibitors, and will leave no stone unturned to make the meeting a success.

Application has been made for reduced rates on all railroads in the different passenger associations, and it is hoped delegates will have a lower rate than formerly.

Any information cheerfully given by the secretary.

Let each member boom the twentieth convention.

HENRY A. HILLS, Secretary, Cincinnati, O.


TOPIC NO. I.—Give rules and regulations for the organization and management of fire departments in cities and villages having a population of 10,000 and under.—Chief George J. Klein, Allentown, Pa.

TOPIC NO. 2.—The best method of fighting fires in coal docks.—Chief Thomas E. Smith. Duluth, Minn.

TOPIC NO. 3.—Should not all buildings over fifty feet in height, whether used for mercantile or office purposes, be furnished with outside stand pipes and ladders with outside connections at each floor for hose, but also with inside connections and a sufficient quantity of hose to reach within thirty feet of the rear of any building, on each floor thereof, and should not such appliance and the construction thereof be under the control and direction of the chief of the fire department?—Inspector General A. C. Hendrick.

TOPIC NO. 4.—Improvements in fire alarm telegraph.—Jos. W. Stover, president Gamewell Eire Alarm Telegraph Company.

TOPIC NO. 5.—Ideal fire department of the future.—Henry A. Goetz, New Albany, Ind.

TOPIC NO. 6.—Of what use is a stand-pipe and ladder, and how should it be built and where should it be located ?— Ilcnry A. Goetz, New Albany, Ind.

TOPIC NO. 7. —Can stairways leading to the roof of the interior of a building be considered a practical fire escape?— Chief W. R. Joyner, Atlanta, Ga.

TOPIC NO. 8.—Should not the height of any buihling, no matter of what construction, be limited to 125 feet, and in case of narrow streets should not the height of any building be limited to one and a half times the width of the street upon which it is located, unless built of non-combustible material, and to be used for office purposes only, and in no case to exceed the first mentioned height.—Ex-Inspector John W. Smith, Brooklyn, N. Y.

TOPIC NO. 9.—In view of the great height and extensive area of large buildings now being erected, not only for offices but for general merccntile and manufacturing purposes, has the time not arrived when fire departments should be radically changed in their equipment by the abandoning of the portable steam fire engine, and the substitution thereof, district stationary engines, giving a direct pressure, or by the aid of standpi| es, a regular pressure which should be ready at all times to carry water to the highest points, thus enabling fire departments to dispense with much of the cumbersome machinery now necessary, and enable them to reach points where it is now almost impossible so to do?—Chief John W. Dickinson, Cleveland, O.

TOPIC NO. 10.—The excessive and great carelessness permitted by those having in charge dangerous and extensive risks, also the advisability and wisdom of all insurance companies incorporating in their policies a clause invalidating losses when it is proved the origin of fires occur through carelessness of the insured.—Chief M. E. Higgins, Albany, N. Y.

TOPIC NO. ii.—Fuel oil and its proper storage, when used for fuel generally.—Chief H. I.emoin, Grand Rapids, Mich.

TOPIC NO. 12 —Proper method to fight fires in cellars and attics.—Chief Thos. H. Cluney, Jamestown, N. Y.

TOPIC No. 13—Should the owners of the telegraph and telephone, distiict messenger, electric time and other electric circuits that in themselves are not dangerous to life and property, but are liable to become so by coming in contact with electric lights, electric power and electric railway circuits, be compelled to use proper safety devices at the points where circuits enter and leave buildings ?—Wm. Brophy, chief inspector Electric Mutual Insurance Company, Boston.


Fire Stations : The most desirable methods and improvements, with a view to completeness and economy.

Official Notice.

Official Notice.


OFFICE OF PRESIDENT, BOSTON, MASS., September 18,1884. To the Firemen of the Old Commonwealth of Massachusetts :

Gentlemen—The Fifth Convention of the Massachusetts State Firemen’s Association will convene at Armory Hall, Fall River, Tuesday, October 14, 1884, at 11 o’clock A. M.

The association meets annually at such places in the Commonwealth as it may select. Its objects are to place their seal of approbation on all matters of interest and benefit to the brotherhood; likewise to disapprove and condemn all acts and practices that would question the rights of a fireman to be classed and recognized as a gentleman.

Article 5 of the constitution provides for delegates as follows:

SECTION I. The membership of this association shall consist of delegates of fire companies in active service, cf chief engineers, and one delegate from each board of engineers, superintendents of fire alarms, superintendents of insurance brigades, representatives of Board of Fire Commissioners and veteran firemen’s associations. Each active fire company shall he entitled to send two delegates to each meeting of the association, each Board of Fire Commissioners and veteran firemen’s association to one delegate each. And any delegate having paid his membership fees and annual dues, shall continue a member as long as he pays his annual dues and remains in good standing either as active or exempt fireman. Any member who is sent as a delegate by any of the organizations above mentioned, shall furnish a certificate from the chief engineer of the city or town in which he lives that he is an active or exempt fireman in good standing.

Sue. 2. Every member of this association shall pay a membership fee of $2 and $1 annual dues.

Sue 3. All companies represented in this association must be in full accord and in good standing in the fire department of which they are members ; and if at any time they are not so, they shall forfeit all right to membership in this association.

Sue. 4. All delegates will be required to furnish credentials from the company sending them as their delegates, with their name inserted therein, signed by the foreman and secretary of the company and indorsed by the chief engineer, that the company is in good and regular standing in the city or town where located.

It is the earnest wish of the executive committee that all organized fire companies in the State send delegates to represent them in this convention. The chiefs of departments are earnestly solicited to be present and take part in its deliberations. The importance of this convention cannot be over-estimated. Let municipal and town authorities send their chiefs and fire wards to attend this convention. The committee on fire departments in the several cities and towns are cordially invited to attend, as a large exhibit of apparatus and supplies will be one of the main features of the convention.

Chiefs who intend to be present will please to notify the secretary as early as possible.

The accompanying list of topics is of much interest to all classes of firemen, as well as to all manufacturers and dealers in fire apparatus antfcsupplies, and will he presented by those to whom they are severally assigned, after which it is expected that they will be discussed by the convention, both delegates and exhibitors being privileged to speak on the subject presented.

The hotel rates will be as follows to all who attend the convention : Wilber House, $2.50 per day, and $2 per day when two occupy one room. Narragansett Hotel, $2 per day.

The headquarters of the association will be at the Wilber House, where the secretary can he found.

The secretary will furnish free return passes to all delegates who have paid one full fare over the Old Colony R. R. or any of its branches, and delegates over other roads will make con” nection therewith as follows: over the Boston & Providence R. R. at Mansfield ; the N. Y. & N. E. R R. at Walpole ; the Boston & Albany R. R. at South Framingham, and the Fitchburg R. R. at Fitchburg ; and as the eastern portion of the State has branches of this road running in many directions, the delegates will please consult with the railroad guides as to the best way of reaching K⅜11 River.

The full fare fiom Boston to Fall River is $1.20. For further information write at once to the secretary. Very respectfully yours,

H. H. EAST it Rn ROOK, Secretary, JOHN S. DAMRKLL, President.

242 Washington at., Boston, Mass.


To be discussed at the Fifth Convention of the association, at Armory Hall, Fall River, October 14, 1884.

Those to whom these several topics are assigned will open the discussion with a written suiy thereon or otherwise, after whit h all members are privileged to express their opinions and experiences relative to the topic thus presented.

1. Are 1 be principles involved in the prevention, and the art and science of extinguishing fires twin brothers? (By request.) H. L. Bixby, Newton.

What are their advantages over hose carriages ?

а. Hose wagons.

Abner Coleman, Taunton.

3. Monthly meetings and in drill companies. How should they be conducted to best the requirement which should result therefrom, and what are the requirements?

F. J. Woodbury, Leominster.

4. As this association represents all sections of this State, does the practical information gathered tend to unify the practices of extinguishing fires?

Frederick Macy, New Bedford.

5. What is the best kind of fire apparatus for small villages ? S. J. Clarke, Medway.

б. The importance of a candidate for a position in a fire department serving a sufficient term as a substitute, to show his fitness for the position before nis final appointment.

T. C. Gleason, Ware.

7. Why should a body of practical firemen repre.-enting cities and towns meet in convention annually ? W. M. Snow, Middieboro.

8. Should not the chief of department, who is required to devote his whole time to the service, be independent of all committees and responsible only to the city government ?

W. H. Turner, Boston.

9. On the best methods of supplying cities with water for fire purposes ?

G. A. Burgess, Cottage City.

10o. The advantages of all cities having a permanently employed chief of department?

W. F. Newman, Cambridge.

11. The telephone as a fire alarm. John Ready, Pittsfield.

12. How may engineers of fire departments be thoroughly educated in all matters relating

13. The evils of social visits of fire companies, by which towns are left wholly or partially

unprotected. C. D. Stow, North Brookfield.

14 The importance of chiefs having entire control of the department, and the evils of politics in the same. J. D. Hilliard, Provincetown.

15. As fire departments are organized for the extinguishment of fires, how does it follow

that it has any relation whatever to prevention ? John Prince, Boston.

16. What class of men are best adapted to make successful and good firemen ?

W. S. Leavitt, Milton.

17. When firemen have served ten or more years in a city’s fire department, and have become disqualified from injury or old age, should they be retired as pensioners ?

* B. Early, Newton.

18. The comparative annual cost of the different kinds of leading hose now in use ?

J. C. Cave, Plymouth.

ig. Our State association, its objects, aims and purposes. G. C. Fisk, Ashland.

20. What constitutes the desirable points of mechanism in steam fire engines as now used

W. T. Rice, Weymouth.

21. Should companies sending delegates to these conventions pav their expenses out of the

company’s treasury ? I. H. Bullard, Walthfi*^^

22. What constitutes a thoroughly equipped department? —

—Jr R.Tlarrison, Watertown.

23. The fire departments of their present organization be improved as

founded upon the light Ot practical experience ? H. R. Packard, North Attleboro.

24. Hose ; its durability and reliability ; its strength and care of handling.

R. W. Lawrence, Somerville.

25. O11 the importance of introducing fire drills in all the schools.

W. E. Heald, Lawrence.

26. What are the essential requirements to constitute an efficient officer in a fire depart-

W. H. Blodgett, Merrimac.

27. Forest fires and the best mode of extinguishing the same. B. F. Crehor, Medfield.

JOHN S. DAMRELL,’) ]. F. HINDS, W. R. SHERMAN, ^Committee on Topics. I. H. BULLARD. | W. F. NEWMAN, j