Extensive Programs Adopted at Annual Firemen’s Convention at Tulsa—Arson Considered—The New Officers Elected

A LEGISLATIVE program was launched at the 36th annual convention of the Oklahoma State Firemen’s Association designed to double the amounts received for the pension funds of Oklahoma Fire Departments. Tulsa was host to the convention and the Sapulpa Fire Department contributed in a large measure to the excellent entertainment. On the last day of the convention an automobile sightseeing tour terminated in a park near Sapulpa where a bounteous picnic lunch was provided and entertainment furnished.

An educational program was also started. Twenty cities agreed to participate in the benefits of a new training school. Chiefs from twenty other cities indicated their interest and desire to join, but before any definite action could be taken, it was necessary for them to secure permission from city officials. It is hoped, as a result of the educational work, to establish a number of drill schools.

Chiefs Who Attended the Annual Convention of the Oklahoma State Firemen’s Association Left to Right, first row: J. W. Hester, Guthrie; John Clue, Cushing; R. E. (Dick) Pitts, Tulsa; George B. Goff, Oklahoma City; Sim Sheppard, Lawton; S. W. McGee, Haskell; M. A. Marion, Fairfax; E. H. Miller, McAlester, president of the chief’s club; E. J. Hohmann, Lone Wolf, and J. A. Atkins, Oklahoma City, secretary of the club. Second row, George K. Brown. Ponca City; John O. Slack, Stillwater; Hardin White, Altus, assistant chief; J. L. Roberts, Comanche; A. L. Simcoe, Clinton; A. R. Roark, Pawhuska; West Warren, Alva; George Higgenbothon, Muskogee, and Carl Rodman, Wewoka. Third row, S. M. Lowe, Bartlesville; W. W. Wicker, Shawnee; C. R. Summers, Norman; Elmer Davis, Oklahoma City; W. M. Collier, Sapulpa; Eugene Sands, Mangum; C. T. Ingalls, Oklahoma City, state fire rate board inspector; Tom Holland, Cushing; Martin Gelbhar, Cushing; Alvin Gelbhar, Cushing; E. G. Cooper, assistant state fire marshal, and George W. Smith, sergeant of the arson squad of the Detroit, Mich., police department. Fourth row, G. M. Gaines, Vinita; A. H. Seay, Miami; L. O. Winters, Perry; K. Wimple, Chickasha; George F. Ross, Oklahoma City; Joe Kelly, El Reno, and G. C. Leach, Oklahoma City.

George W. Smith, detective sergeant of the Arson Squad, Detroit, Mich., was a feature of the program. His talk was of timely interest as at the present, supression of arson is considered a problem in many cities, in the state.

Comparing Notes of the Convention Secretary Charles Slemp, Oklahoma City, Going Over the Proceedings with Miss June Michener, Stenographer.

The newly elected officers of the association are Capt. James Osborne, Oklahoma City, President; Capt. F. W. Marshall, Sapulpa, First Vice-President; Capt. E. L. Stuart, Tulsa, Second Vice-President; Chief Ray Pence, Healdton, Third Vice-President; Chief Alvin Gelbhar, Cushing, Sergeant-at-Arms; Charles Slemp, Oklahoma City, SecretaryTreasurer, and Mrs. Charles Slemp, Assistant Secretary. The next convention will be held in Oklahoma City.

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