Ohio Fire Chiefs Convene

Ohio Fire Chiefs Convene

Dayton, Ohio, played host to the Thirty Second Annual Convention of the Association of Ohio Fire Chiefs on Sept. 8, 9 and 10, offering a social and business program to the 300 registrants that was timed to the minute, from the introduction of Association President William Ferrie by Chief Joseph A. Kirby, and the Invocation by Rev. Father Howard Lesch, Chaplain, Dayton Fire Department to final business sessions and adjournment.

City Manager Russell E. McClure and Mayor Louis Lohrey welcomed the visiting delegates at the opening sessions at the Miami Hotel, Dayton. Following the memorial services, Chief Frank McAuliffe, Chicago Fire Patrol spoke on Civil Defense for National Security “urging strong local protective agencies as a wartime defense plan nucleus.”

President Ferrie assailed the present vocational training for Ohio firemen claiming university professors are trying to train firemen by university courses, and calling for more practical instruction. The Association delegates later adopted a resolution seeking revision of the program.

A dinner at Suttmiller’s restaurant marked the evening’s events. On Friday the 9th, the chiefs toured Wright-Patterson Air Foyce Base and witnessed demonstrations of firefighting.

Forrest B. Lucas Assistant Chief, Dayton, told how his City’s Fire Division encouraged and instructed private fire brigades.

Chief Inspector Reginald B. Kurfiss, also of the Dayton Fire Department, advocated better fire prevention methods.

A resolution condemning the “careless smoker” was introduced by James P. Flynn. Cleveland Battalion Chief, speaking for that city’s new Fire Chief, Elmer M. Cain.

In its concluding session, the Association elected the following officers for the coming year: President, William H. Cheesman, Chief Harrison Township Fire Department; Vice-President, Raymond Earle, Chief Massillon, Ohio Fire Department: Secretary-treasurer. William H. Rosche, Assistant Chief, Canton Fire Department (re-elected). The Board of Directors will later announce the 1950 Convention city.

A special three-day program was arranged for the ladies of the convention.

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