Plans Made for New England Convention
A meeting of the Officers and Board of Directors of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs was held in the Central Fire Station, New Bedford, on March 21 to formulate plans for the convention to be held in that city, June 25-27.
Visits were made to the Hotel New Bedford and to the State Armory where the meetings and exhibits are to be held. Chief Daniel B. Tierney, of Arlington, Mass., and Chief Edward F. Dahill, of New Bedford, were appointed as the Committee on Exhibits.
It was voted to extend honorary life membership in the association to Ex-Chief A. P. Woodward, of Danielson, Conn., and Ex-Chief Walter A. Collins, of Holliston, Mass. Secretary John W. O’Hearn reported the death of an associate member, John W. Keane, ex-District Chief of Marlboro, Mass.
A tentative program was drawn up for the convention and it was voted to invite Chief John J. Towey, of Newark, N. J., President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, to attend and deliver an address.
The meetings will open on Tuesday morning, June 25, with the customary addresses of welcome, followed by the annual memorial service. Many interesting topics are being arranged and a report will be made of the progress of the Massachusetts Firemen’s Training Schools. There will be a session for forest fire wardens. Both meetings and exhibits will be in the armory.
Those who attended the meeting were:
Chief John S. Pachl, Annex Fire Department, New Haven, Conn., President; Chief David A. DeCourcy, Winchester, Mass., First Vice-President; Chief John W. O’Hearn, Watertown, Mass., Secretary-Treasurer; Chief Daniel it. Tierney, Arlington, Mass., Director: Chief Oliver T. Sanborn, Portland, Me., Director; Chief William C. Mahoney, Peabody, Mass., Director; Chief Michael W. Lawton, Middletown. Conn., Director; George W. Austin, Boston, Registrar; Harry Belknap, Boston, Press Representative; and Chief Edward F, Dahill. New Bedford.
An interesting feature of the convention will be a real old fashioned New England clambake and shore dinner. The detailed program will be announced later.
A 600-gallon pumper has been delivered fo Troy, N. Y., and has been placed in service.
Fire apparatus for protecting farm property has been delivered to Prophetstown. Ill.
Follansbee, W. Va., is contemplating the purchase of fire apparatus. Funds are being raised.
Wabash, Ind., is trying to win approval for the purchase of fire apparatus.