Rorkland County Firemen to Meet
The fourteenth annual convention and parade of the Rockland County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, will take place in Suffcrn. N. Y., on August 4. The forenoon will be devoted to a business meeting, at which time also Capt. Albert Sidney Johnson, veteran officer of the New York Fire Patrol, will talk on salvage operations and fire prevention. Capt Johnston’s talk will be illustrated with motion pictures and a practical demonstation by the Nyack Fire Patrol, a member of the Association. Other interesting speakers are expected and may be announced later.
Under the direction of Ex-President Frank E. Wiley of Suffern, the local fire department will publish a souvenir program, which will be distributed gratis among the crowds and delegates. Capt. William Paul Babcock of the Nyack Fire Patrol has been appointed advertising solicitor and is now making his rounds among apparatus and supply manufacturers. Departing from the rigidity of some conventions, the committee in charge will afford its advertisers an opportunity to demonstrate their equipment as a regular part of the day’s proceedings. This is done because it is felt the firemen owe much to the producers of equipment which makes for efficiency and safety in their operations.
The parade will be at 2 p. m. Beside the unusual display and demonstration of fire fighting equipment and supplies, another unusual feature will be an exhibit of much of the fire apparatus of the county, all visiting apparatus being parked on the parking grounds of the Lafayette Theatre from 11:30 a. m. until 1 :30 p. m., thus showing a large part of the quarter million dollars worth of equipment supported for the protection of the entire country. This will be of particular interest to the citizens of the county, as through the efforts of the Association a system of calls has been worked out wdiereby any one department may on short notice have all the available apparatus needed to combat a conflagration.