Nearly 800 Chiefs Present at Conference from All Western States and the Territory of Hawaii

DESCRIBED as the largest conference in the forty-eight years of its history, the Pacific Coast Association of Fire Chiefs held its annual meeting in Reno, New. from September 8 to 10.

The convention started at 9:00 A.M. when the Sacramento Fire Department marched from the Reno fire station to the Granada Theatre where opening sessions were held.

President Hugh Morris of the San Mateo, Calif., Fire Department, presided. The morning session was devoted to routine business and the memorial service.

The afternoon session was held in the civic auditorium of the county library •building with a number of technical papers being presented.

Chief of Police Robert Powers of Bakersfield, Calif., spoke on “Traffic at Fires” followed by Fire Chief John Wood of Scotia, Calif., on “Protection of Lumber Mills.” Concluding the papers was one by Assistant Drillmaster Dennis G. Sullivan of San Francisco, Calif., on “Gas Masks.” Following the papers Mr. M. K. Rouse of the Board of Fire Underwriters of the Pacific conducted a school. Educational motion pictures on “Checking the Flow of Blood from Arteries” and “Oil Fires”—-Prevention and Control” were shown during the evening.

The delegates rose early on Tuesday to attend a demonstration of burning petroleum held at 7:00 A.M. They then adjourned to the civic auditorium where the business session was resumed, with a large number of technical papers and demonstrations presented. Speakers and their topics included, “Ladders, Construction and Testing” by Chief William Fitzgerald of Seattle, Wash.; “Building Code” by Battalion Chief Frank J. Sandy, Oakland, Calif.; “Transportation of Munitions” by Chief John Alderson, Los Angeles, Calif.; “Preparedness” by Captain W. A. Groce, Spokane, Wash.; “Relations Between Water Works and Fire Department” by R. C. Kennedy, East Bay Utility District, Oakland, Calif.; “Fireworks” by Chief L. T. Lessinger, Nampa, Idaho; “Mutual Aid” by Chief Harold Bowhay, State Ranger, Bakersfield, Calif.; “Emergency Equipment Trailers’” by Chief W. P. Cooper, Richmond, Calif.: “Volunteers” by Chief Charles Rapp. Logan, Utah; “Emergency Protection in Army and Navy Properties” by L. S. Bush, Chief Engineer, Board of Fire Underwriters of the Pacific, San Francisco, Calif.; “Fumigating” by Captain Ted Trivett, San Francisco, Calif.; “Windstorms and Their Effects on Fire Departments” by Herbert Raines, Engineer, National Board of Fire Underwriters, San Francisco, Calif.

Separating the sessions was a luncheon in honor of Chief M. J. Dunphy of Sacramento, Calif., who is retiring from active duty in the fire department.

In the evening movies were shown on “Portland Drill Tower Evolutions,”

“Tacoma Convention Pictures,” and “Waterfog, Master of Fire.”

The Wednesday morning session began at 7 A.M., when a demonstration of fire equipment and fire fighting methods was held. Demonstrated was Reno’s new pumper and the city’s new 100-foot aerial ladder. Also taking part in the demonstration were pumper-trailer engines similar to those used in England to suppress bomb fires, and nearly every type of fire suppression and first aid equipment.

The business session beginning at 8 A.M. as devoted chiefly to talks on subjects relating to national defense preparations. Attorney-General Earl Warren spoke on “Defense Organization.”

Other speakers were Tom Larke, San Francisco, “Disaster Plans’”; Percy Bugbee, General Manager, National Fire Protection Association, “Current Developments in Fire Control”; Battalion Chief Charles C. Ralph, Portland, Ore., “Communications”; Herbert Scott, Special Constable, London, Eng., “England’s War of Fires”: Dr. O. W. Johnson and M. B. Anfenger, “Characteristics of Liquefied Gas Which Affect Its Fire Hazard”; and “Incendiary Bombs” by Captain Ted Enter, U. S. Army.

Of special interest to all the delegates was the discussion by Special Constable Scott of the steps taken to control bomb and incendiary fires in London and other parts of England.

Final event of the convention was a large banquet. Motion pictures showing fire suppression work in England during bombing raids were shown by Constable Herbert Scott.

New officers of the Pacific Coast include the following: Chief Tom Carlon, Bend, Ore., President; Chief Tom Lane, Alameda, Calif., First Vice-President; Chief William P. Payne, Spokane, Wash., Second Vice-President. Entering his twenty-first term as Secretary of the Association, Jay W. Stevens was again selected to fill that post.

Chief Hugh Morris, San Mateo, Calif., retiring President, was made Chairman of the Board of Directors which includes Chief Ray H. Hare, Yakima, Wash., and Chief L. C. Canning of Midvale, Utah. W. A. Groce of Spokane, Wash., is Ser geant-At-Arms.

A committee was appointed to select the next convention city. Portland, Ore., Beverly Hills, Calif., and Avalon, Calif., were among the cities competing.

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