T. Alfred Fleming 1$ Main Speaker at Annual Banquet—Paid Chiefs and Heads of Volunteer Departments Have Separate Sessions

A PARADE headed by the Dayton Firemen’s Band, and which followed a route from the hotel Anthony Wayne to convention headquarters, opened the fifteenth annual convention of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Ohio held at Hamilton, June 7-9. The convention was called to order by President Edward J. Green of Steubenville. Chief McFarland of Marion responded to the addresses of welcome. The memorial address was delivered by District Chief Joseph Kirby of Dayton. The President’s annual address and the appointment of committees, concluded the morning session

The following papers were presented at the afternoon session: “Future Trends for Municipal Fire Service,” by John B. Blanford, Director of Safety, Cincinnati; “Taming the Fire Demon,” by Richard E. Vernor, Manager, Fire Prevention Department, Western Actuarial Bureau, Chicago; “Fire Alarms and What They Mean to a Municipality and Fire Departments,” by A. R. Welton, District Manager, The Camewell Company. Chief Harry Callan, of Youngstown, led a discussion on arson cases.

In the evening a special program was given at the Paramount Theatre. Motion pictures of special interest to firemen, were shown.

On the second day there were sectional meetings of interest to paid and volunteer Chiefs. Chief William Conlin, First Vice-President, Hamilton, presided at the meeting of paid chiefs, and the volunteer chiefs were led by Chief W. J. Pflanzer, Second VicePresident, Lebanon.

Members of the Cincinnati Salvage Corps gave demonstrations in the afternoon under the direction of Captain Edward J. Adler. They performed evolutions of live saving, ladder raising; and there were exhibitions by manufacturers. A new style of apparatus for fighting rural fires was shown.

The annual banquet was held in the evening with R. P. Price, City Manager of Hamilton, serving as toastmaster. T. Alfred Fleming, Supervisor of the Department of Conservation, National Board of Fire Underwriters, was the principal speaker. Dancing followed.

Election of officers was held at the final session. The new officers are President, Chief William Conlin. Hamilton; F’irst Vice-President, Chief Frank May, Mansfield; Second Vice-President, Chief Henry Schultz, Ashland; SecretaryTreasurer, Chief Philip J. Harty, Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company.

The next convention will be held in Mansfield.

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