South Carolina Firemen in Convention

South Carolina Firemen in Convention

The tenth annual convention of the South Carolina State Firemen’s Association, was held at Florence. June 23 and 24, with an unusually large attendance. Chief Louis Behrens, of Charleston president of the association, occupied the chair. The papers read were: “Water Systems Best Adapted to Small Towns,” by E. B. Proctor of the Southeastern Underwriter’s Association. “Fire Waste in South Carona,” by F. H. McMaster, State Insurance Commissioner. “Care of Fire Hose,” by Chief H. B. Wells, of Newberry. “Fire Prevention, and Building Inspection by Members of Fire Departments,” by Chief Behrens, and “Building Code Suitable for Small Towns and Villages.” by Chief O. K. Laroque. of Marion. Chief W. J. May of Columbia was presented with a costly stick pin by members of the Association as a token of their esteem. The annual dues were reduced from $1.00 to 50 cents, and from 50 to 25 cents. The reports of the officers of the association indicated that it is in a most flourishing condition. The following officers were elected: Chief Louis Behrens, Charleston. president; Chief O. C. Laroque, Marion, first vice-president; F. J. Wells. Newberry, second vice-president: R. S. Hood, Sumter, secretary; T. O. S. Dibble, Orangeburg, treasurer; C. J. Levy, Georgetown, statistician. The convention next year will be held at Greenwood.

South Carolina Firemen in Convention.

South Carolina Firemen in Convention.

The South Carolina State Firemen’s Association, held its annual convention at Columbia during the last three days in June. The following papers were read and discussed: “The practical use of the motor fire engine,” by Chief Louis Behrens, Charleston; “What additional legislation is required for the better protection of property from fire?” Chief O. K. LaRoque, Marion; “How to arouse and maintain interest in a volunteer fire department,” by Chief W. Dour, Georgetown. Last year’s officers were all re-elected as follows: Louis Behrens, president, Charleston; M. B. Saunders, first vice-president, Greenwood; T. Fraser James, second vice-president, Darlington; R. S. Hood, secretary, Sumter; T. O. S. Dibble, treasurer, Orangeburg; C. J. Levy, statistician, Georgetown. In the tournament the results were: state races: Hose wagon—Palmetto of Columbia, 29; Marion, 29 1-10; Darlington No. 3, 29 3-10. Hand reel—Georgetown, 19 4-5; Newberry, 22 1/2; Rock Hill, 22 3/5. Grab reel—Rock Hill 20 4-5; Charleston, 23 3/5; Newberry, 24. Interstate races: Hose wagon race—Columbia, 29; Newbern, N. C, Atlantic, 30 1/2; Darlington No. 5, 31 1/2. Hand reel—Columbia, 17 4-5; Spencer, 18 2-5; Salisbury, 18 4-5; Columbia thus established a South Carolina record for this event. Grab reel—Spencer, N. C., 18 1-5; Georgetown, 20 2-5. Consolation hose wagon—Darling No. 3 29 4-5; Bishopville, 30 4-5; Darlington No. 1, 31 1-5.

The 1912 convention will be held at Rock Hill.