Pacific Fire Chiefs Take Up Important Problems
Thirtieth Annual Convention at Wallace, Idaho, Successful from Every Standpoint—Interesting Topics Presented—Large Attendance
SIGNALIZED by the reading of practical papers and lively discussions, the thirtieth annual convention of the Pacific Coast Fire Chiefs’ Association convened in Wallace, Idaho, on August 7. The attendance was verylarge and the interest and enthusiasm of the members was evident from the start. The entertainment features of the convention were particularly full and well-arranged and combined in manyinstances instructive demonstrations in matters of Fire Prevention, Fire Fighting and First Aid to the Injured.
Excellent Line of Exhibits
The exhibit hall of the convention was in the old United Stores Building on Cedar Street and the display covered everything that is needed or used by firemen in fighting fires. The display of apparatus was particularly complete, including the latest designs. The hall was crowded at all times when sessions of the convention were not going on and sometimes when they were.
Morning Session of First Day, August 7
The first session was called to order at 10 o clock byPresident R. J. Scott, chief of the Los Angeles fire department. The invocation was by the Rev. Wilfred Withington, who acted in place of Father Schermanson. who was unable to be present. The address of welcome was delivered by Mayor Hugh Toole, who offered the members of the association the freedom of the city. He spoke highly of the unselfish work of the fire department in protecting the community and said that Wallace was proud to entertain the guests who were fire fighters. He said that whatever the city had to offer them was at their disposal and they need onlyto ask for it to receive it.
The response was by Chief Charles A. Foster, of the Astoria, Ore., fire department, who is vice-president of the association.
Following the report of the credentials committee communications were read from various chiefs unable to be present, hut who extended greetings to the convention and expressed best wishes for its success. The exhibition committee, consisting of Chiefs Carlin, of Bend, Ore.; Collins, of Anaconda, Mont., and Foster, of Boise, Idaho, made a report. Following this the members of the convention stood at attention for a moment in resoect to the memoryof members who had departed during the year and Rev. Withington delivered a memorial address mentioning the work of the fire departments in general and the departed members in particular. He paid particular tribute to three of the members of the association who had passed to the Great Beyond, these being Harry W. Bringhurst, secretary of the association, and fire marshal of Seattle, Wash.; State Fire Marshal Robert S. Merit rum, a charter member and past president of the Montana Firemen’s Association, and J. W. Truitt, of Chehalis, Wash., who died in the service of his community. In speaking of Chief Bringhurst, Rev. Withington said in part: “Harry W. Bringhurst was secretarv of the Pacific Coast Association of Fire Chiefs, up to the time of his death, early in this year. He was identified with fire department work for nearly thirty yeans. He served as chief of the Seattle fire department for two years, and as fire marshal for that city for eleven years. He was known nationally for his knowledge of fire prevention and fire fighting. He was a man of fine character of many sterling qualities. He numbered his friends by thousands. And all this knowledge, character and popularity was laid at the service of the communityas a whole.”
In speaking of Fire Marshal Mentrum, Rev. Withington said: “He was an ex-chief of the fire departments of Mis-
soula and Anaconda. He was Montana state fire marshal at the time of his death. He was a member of the Pacific Coast Fire Chiefs’ Association for twenty-five years.”
This closed the morning session.
Papers and Discussions at Afternoon Session
The first business of the afternoon ‘session was a paper by Chief Ernest F. Coop, of the Pasadena, Calif., fire department, on the subject of First Aid by members of fire departments. Chief Coop, in this address, contended that the first aid system as taught bymost physicians was entirely too complicated for the work which members of the fire departments are called upon to do. He followed this by outlining a system which he said had been used in his department with considerable success. This system covered all of the necessary work of first aid to the Injured and yet, was as simple as it was possible to make it. Chief Coop spoke highlyof the co-operation of the Red Cross in the teaching of both first aid to the injured and Fire Prevention. He particularly urged that first aid work wherever practised in fire departments should he simplified as much as possible.
This paper was followed by talks by George M. Mantor, chief of fire department of Seattle, Wash.; Chief John E. Young, of Portland, Ore., and Chief Charles W. Ringer, of Minneapolis, Minn., on the various fire fighting subjects. All three chiefs spoke of the tendency of crowds to hamper the firemen in the performance of their duties and emphasized the necessity of careful policing of the fire line in every case where there was an alarm.
These addresses were followed by general discussion in which many of the members present took part.
Short Session and Dance in Evening.
The evening session of the convention convened at 7 o’clock and opened with a paper by President R. J. Scott on the subject of “Fire-Proofing Materials.” In this paper, Chief Scott referred to several recent inventions and described their advantages and uses. After a short discussion the meeting adjourned and was followed bya street dance in which the members of t’he convention and their ladies joined.
Demonstrations in Morning and Afternoon of Second Day
The members of the convention were taken in automobiles on the morning of August 8 to Mullan, where they witnessed a fire fighting demonstration by the morning mine crew. This demonstration was pronounced by the chiefs present as excellent. Following this the trip was continued by automobile to the summit where papers were read by Franklin H. Wentworth, secretary of the National Fire Protection Association, of Boston; Chief Charles W. Ringer, of Minneapolis, fire department, on the technical subjects of fire fighting.
The afternoon session was largely taken up by the reading and discussion of a paper by W. A. Groce, assistant state fire marshal of the State of Washington, on “Arson and Contributory Causes of Incendiarism.” Incendiary fires were divided into three classes by Mr. Groce, the first being those set bymen who desire to collect insurance money;#the second is by the pyroman’iac or firebug, and the third, fires kindled for the purposes of revenge or to accomplish some ulterior object. Mr. Groce referred to the responsibilityresting on the fire department, its chief and members, the matter of collecting evidence of incendiary fires. He stressed the importance oif not disturbing any of the articles in the rooms of buildings after the fires had been extinguished until they had been passed upon by proper authorities and photographed. On the fire department rested the work of collecting the best evidence of such fires as they were the first on the scene and better able to secure such evidence than any other persons.
Resolutions of sorrow on the death of three members of the association before referred to were passed during this session. Another resolution thanked the States of Montana, Washington and Oregon for sending representatives of their fire marshal offices to attend the convention.
The afternoon session closed with a demonstration of first aid by three teams composed of six men each under the direction of K. T. Sparks. Mr. Sparks delivered a brief address explaining what first aid work is, how it decreases the fatal accident rate, and how it prevents trivial injuries from becoming serious ones. He touched lightly upon the work of the Bureau of Mines and explained how they were engaged in training men in first aid and safety throughout the United States. He gave a description of the first aid and mine rescue work of the mines of the Coetir d’Alenes.
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The exhibition was divided into two parts: Tire first consisted of applying emergency dressings for various wounds on different parts of the body. The second part consisted in the dressing complete of a number of accidents which are liable to happen in a mine or industrial plant including the bandaging of fractures and similar injuries. At the conclusion of Mr. Spark’s address, President Scott extended to him, his assistants and also to the co-operating mining companies a vote of thanks of the association for the demonstration. The three teams taking part were front the Hercules Mine, the Morning Mine and the Tamarack Mine. The problems worked out were as follows:
“A person coming in contact with a high tension wire is severely burned about the head and chest, and is suffering from a simple fracture of the right kneecap. He has also stopped breathing. Treat (worked by the Hercules Team).
“A miner working on the seventh floor of a slope gets caught in a fall of ground and suffers a broken back. Dress complete (worked by Morning Mill Team).
“A person in an automobile accident suffers a simple fracture of the right thigh and a broken right forearm. Dress and carry on an improvised stretcher. (Worked bv the Tamarack Team.)”
At the close of the afternoon session the children’s band from the Orphans’ Home at Des Moines, Wash., serenaded the members of the convention.
Final Day’s Session
On the morning of the last day of the convention the chiefs and other guests were taken to Burke, where one of the most remarkable sessions that the convention has ever held took place. On arrival at Burke, the chiefs were loaded into mine cars and taken to the hoist station of the Hercules Mining Company, two miles from the tunnel portal and 2,500 feet below the top of the mountain, where a session was held in the big concrete room. The first paper read at this session was by Chief George M. Mantor, Seattle, Wash., fire department. This paper was quite freely discussed.
Considering the novel character of the entertainment feature which included this session in the bowels of the earth, the chiefs voted to make J. J. Day, H. L. Day, Superintendent J. J. Murphy and Herman J. Rossi, officers of the Hercules Mine, honorary members of the association. In the afternoon a trip was made through the Bunker Hill & Sullivan Mill and Smelter and the final session of the convention was held following the return from this trip.
Officers Elected for the Year
At this session, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
President, Charles Foster, Astoria, Ore.
First Vice-President, R. B. Hawcroft, Reno, Nev.
Secretary, Jay W. Stevens, San Francisco.
Treasurer, Joseph Wood. Renton, Wash.
State Vice-Presidents, Washington, G. M. Mantor, Seattle; Oregon, Lee Holden, Portland; California, M. J. Dunphy, Sacramento; Nevada, Guy Asbury, Winnemucca; Arizona. Joseph Roberts, Tucson; Idaho, A. D. Canfield, Pocatello; Montana, Charles Collins, Anaconda; New Mexico, Charles Whiteman, Roswell; Utah, E. J. Rapp, Logan; Alberta, Edward Hardy, Lethbridge; British Columbia, E. H. Stewart, Victoria. Members of the executive committee are Chiefs R. J. Scott, Los Angeles, retiring president; Thomas Murphy, San Francisco, and T. J. Weeks, Spokane.
Pasadena Next Convention City
Following the election the question of the next convention city was taken up and Pasadena, Calif., was chosen for the 1924 convention unanimously. The Thomas H. Ince trophy, which is a silver cup to be contested for each year by the various cities in the association territory on the basis of Fire Prevention was also awarded to Pasadena. The standing which decides this competition is comparative, such as reductions in the fire loss accomplished, the work done along an educational line for fire prevention, the number of false alarms, etc., and all of these are taken into consideration in awarding the cup. Fresno was next in line for the Ince cup and also won the state banner. Banners for other states for fire prevention work was awarded as followed: Oregon, Portland; Washington, Yakima; Nevada. Winnemucca; Idaho, Boise; Montana, Havre, and Utah, Logan.
The convention closed with a farewell dance and a dinner served by the Kellogg fire department and business men to the delegates. This closed one of the most successful conventions that the association has ever held, the members leaving Wallace for a trip through Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.
List of Attendance
Those who were present at the convention were as follows:
George V. Porter, Helena, Mont.; William Probe. Oregon City. Ore.; G. Sidney Rose, Berkeley, Calif.; II. K. Rowe, Los Angeles, Calif.; V. W. Rogers. Olympia, Wash.; W. E. Ropes, Sod ro Woolley, Wash ; John Kuebke. Wallace: C. W. Ringer, Minneapolis. Minn.; George W. Stokes, Salem, Ore.; Joseph Schlanser, Mount Vernon, Wash.; V. H. Steele, Billings, Mont.; W. R. Shober, Sparks, Nev.; R. H. Stuart, Buhl. Idaho; F. E. Stearns, Bellingham, Wash.; R. J Scott, Los Angeles, Calif.: Carl Smith, Moscow, Idaho; Jay W. Stevens, San Francisco, Calif.; Albert Schobert, Clc Kilim, Wash.; Sam Short, Oakland, Calif.; D. N. Schneider, San Roefel, Calif.; W. Sanderson. San Roefel, t’alif.; W. A. Toro, Everett, Wash.; J. E. Wclinger, Kalispell, Mont.; A. J. Coffee, San Francisco, Calif.; F. M. Clements, San Francisco, Calif.; Carmichael, Cocur d’Alene, Idaho; Walter Cook, Sancolita, Calif.; R. D, Dewhirst, Duniba, Calif.; C. W. Dervar, Havre, Mont.; M. J. Dunphy. Sacramento, t’alif.; If. I. Dohnnger, Sacramento, Calif.; H. Stanley Ellis, Long Beach, Calif.; W. A, Foster, Boise, Idaho; Charles E. Foster, Astoria, Ore.; W. A. Grace, Olympia, Wash.; R. E. Grace, Seattle, Wash.; Ben Gilliarn, Winnemucca, Neb.; Thomas Graham, Corvallis. Ore.; P. S. Grant, St. Helena, t’alif.; Edward Grenfell, Portland, Ore.; Lee G. Holden, Portland, Ore.; Claud Hoffman, t’oeur d’Alene; E. N. Hallgren, Seattle; Harry Hawkins, Yakima, Wash.; C. M. Herschey, Hillsborough, Calif.; Burt H. Harris, Seattle, Wash.; R. B. Hawcroft, Reno. Nev.; W. Hardy, Lethbridge. Alta.; E. C. Knehncr, Chehallis, Wash.; H. M. Kau, San Francisco, Calif.; J. T. King, Jr., Puyallup. Wash.; Hugh H. Leslie. Auburn, Wash.; George L. Lapp, Butte, Mont.; R. 1Taring, Seattle, Wash.; M. D. Murphy. Stockton, Calif.; Julius Marker. Idaho Falls, Idaho; George M. Mantor, Seattle, Wash.; William Metz, Walla Walla, Wash.; Sam McCulloch, Roslyn, Wash.; C. A, Moran, Seattle, Wash.; Thomas R. Murphy, San Francisco, Calif; Georget E. Minnich. Culver City, Calif.; II. W. Marsh. Wallace; D. J. Noonan, Vallejo, t’alif.; Guy S. Asbury, Winnemucca, Neb.; K. K. Ambrose, Klamath Falls. Ore.; F. D. Alvord, Glasgow, Mont.; W. G. Alexander, Bozeman, Mont.; C._ W. Anderson, Sacramento, Calif.; Louis Almgrem San Diego, Calif.; W. C. Burkholtz, Fresno, Calif.; A. F. BrownT San Francisco, Calif.; John Boyd, Wallace; Arthur’ J. Baker. Lewiston, Mont.; J. H. Brauscomb, Boise, Idaho; W. G. Broks. Helena, Mont.; Horace Bashaw. Pullman, Wash.; Thomas Baird, Fresno Calif.; E. D. Bring. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Charles Brant, Spokane, Wash.; A. B. Canfield, Pocatello, Idaho; E. F. Coop, Pasadena. C’alif.; Thomas Coates, Tillamook, Ore.; C. E. Carlson, Tacoma, Wash.; E. Cochran, Morning. Idaho; G. C. Crow, Long Beach, Calif.; T. W. Carlen, Bend, Ore.; Charles Collins, Anaconda. Mont.; C. W. Culver, Emeryville Mont.; W. FI. Culver, Piedmont, Calif.; t. W. took, Butte, Mont.; L. D. Courtwright, Kellogg, Idaho; J. B. Wilcox, Mullan, Idaho; Joseph Wood, Renton, Wash.: F. B. Wilcox, Centralia, Wash.; D. A. Westfall, Lewiston, Idaho; W. R. Williams, Fresno. Calif.; t. R. Whitmore, Moscow, Idaho; A. L. Weeks, Spokane. Wash.; Joseph A. Ward, Fresno, Calif.; F. li. Wentworth, Boston; C. W. Wentworth, Spokane, Wash.; F. W. Walsh, Fresno, Calif.