Chief William J. Mohr of Santa Monica Elected President-Ladies and Delegates Well Entertained by San Diego Committee

EVEN though it was arranged at comparatively short notice, the annual convention of the Pacific Coast Association of Fire Chiefs held in San Diego, Cal., September 4-7, was one of the best attended conventions that the association has had in many years.

The convention opened in the U. S. Grant Hotel with a concert by the Pasadena Fire Department Orchestra. Mayor Walter Austin welcomed the delegates to the thirty-eighth annual gathering. Chief Charles J. Brennan of the San Francisco Fire Department responded. During the first session there were addresses by Samuel M. Shortridge, U. S. Senator of California, and a talk by Chief Louis Almgren of San Diego, Cal. Chief Healy of Denver, Col., also spoke.

Many exhibits were arranged in the lobby of the hotel.

In the evening there was a round table session and then a get-together party at the hotel.

Chief William J. Mohr, Santa Monica, President P. C. F. C. A.

The Saturday program had an early start with an exhibition of drills by the Los Angeles Fire Department Drill Crew at the drill tower of the San Diego Fire Department.

Chief E. F. Coop of Pasadena spoke on “Effect of Humidity on Fire Conditions.” After hearing this paper, the visitors assembled in front of the hotel for their group photograph and then journeyed to Agua Caliente race track across the U. S. border. The evening was also spent in Mexico.

Sunday morning, memorial services were held at the Cahrillo Theatre.

The afternoon was devoted to water sports at Coronado and Tent City while in the evening there was a first aid contest. Pasadena won first place, San Diego, second and Los Angeles, third. The contest was staged under the auspices of the Mine Safety Appliance Company. A number of the visitors remained to see a baseball game at Navy Field Ball Park.

Another early program was arranged for Monday morning. Practical drills were demonstrated at the drill tower by a crew from the Los Angeles Fire Department. There was a paper on “The Value of Inspections,” by Herbert Raines of the National Board of Fire Underwriters; “The Value of Redwood Crib Construction,” by R. W. Smith, and a short talk by Ivan Smith, Chief of the Coronado Police Department.

Lt. Gov. Frank Merriam addressed the delegates at the dinner-dance held in the U. S. Grant Hotel. He stressed the importance of the state’s unemployment problem.

Chief Louis Almgren was presented with an order for a chair, a lamp and a table, and Jay W. Stevens, State Fire Marshal, was presented with a handsome pin.

On the closing day of the convention there were underwater life saving tests by the Pasadena Fire Department and other water exhibitions at the San Diego Athletic Club Pool.

W. P. Cooper, Chief of the Richmond, Cal., Fire Department spoke on “Standardizing 2 1/2-inch Fire Hose Threads.

Chief William J. Mohr of Santa Monica was elected President; Ed. Grenfeld, Portland, Ore., First Vice-President; W. P. Cooper, Richmond, Cal., Second Vice-President; Jay W. Stevens, San Francisco, Secretary, and Joe Wood, Renton, Wash., Treasurer.

Chief Ralph J. Scott of Los Angeles, Past President of the I. A. F. C., will represent the Pacific Coast Chiefs at the F A. F. C., convention to be held in Havana.

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