PACIFIC COAST ASSOCIATION OF FIRE ENGINEERS.
(Special Correspondence of FIRE AND WATER.)
SEATTLE,, WASH., Aug 20, 1901.
The Pacific Coast Association of Fire Chiefs, organised at Victoria, B.C., in September, 1891, will this year meet in that city in the tenth annual convention. It is encouraging to note that every indication points to a most interesting and successful gathering.
“Business” might be taken as the watchword of this organisation at its meetings, for nothing is allowed to interfere with practical work. There is full recognition of the fact that nowhere on the continent are fire risks more dangerous than on the Pacific coast, and those whose specialty is fire protection have little enough time to get together and compare notes for mutual improvement. Chiefs and others coming to these conventions have uniformly been punctual and constant in attendance at the sessions, in spite of all sorts of outside attractions, and three regular meetings each day commonly form the rule. For earnest and serious work done the record of this association will compare favorably with that of any other.
The convention this year will be held in one of the most interesting of the Pacific coast cities; the seat of government of the great province of British Columbia, Victoria, is a delightful place to visit, and no people are more hospitable than our British cousins across the line. To an American the decidedly English character of the place is novel, and there is much to see about the great naval station and barracks; in fact, visitors usually consider a week little enough time to take in thoroughly the town and surroundings.
Victoria being now a deservedly famous summer resort, there need be no misgivings about the weather; but the dates of the next convention, October 7, 8, 9, and 10, include a period of beautiful autumn days. The president of the association this year is Chief A. H. Myers, Spokane, Wash., and the correspondence is looked after by Secretary H. W. Bringhurst, Seattle.