South Dakota Firemen Meet
R. W. Hanigan of Pierre, S. D., was elected President of the South Dakota Firemen’s Association, and Parkston and Hudson tied for top honors in the firemen’s tournament at the annual State Fire School held in Watertown during the first week of June.
Parkston and Hudson teams finished the tournament deadlocked with 42 points each. Duplicate t,rophies were awarded to the two winning teams. Huron finished in third place with 30 points. Pierre made 25 points; Milbank, 23; Beresford, nine; Madison, seven; and Brookings, one.
The state association authorized its board of directors to choose the next year’s meeting site.
Roy Bishman of Brookings was elected Vice President; M. C. Sullivan. Parkston, was re-elected Secretary, and I. D. Lee of Madison, renamed Treasurer. Sam Goehring of Avon, retiring President, was named to the Board of Directors to succeed Ted Wagner of Rapid City, who resigned during the year. Other directors are Gaile Villier, Hudson, and L. J. Bingham, Hot Springs.
Despite tire restrictions, more than 300 firemen and a hundred or more visitors attended the fire school and tournament.
Speakers and instructors at the school were: Governor Harlan J. Bushfield of South Dakota; Harry K. Rogers, engineer for the Western Actuarial Bureau; Sanford Herberg, Minneapolis, Fire Underwriters Insurance Bureau; Joe Fetters, Lincoln, Neb., of the Nebraska Trade and Industrial Educational Division; George K. Burt, Pierre, State Commissioner of Insurance and Fire Marshal; I. D. Lee, Chief of the Madison Fire Department, and the Rev. Walter C. Rundin, Chaplain of the Nebraska Firemen’s Association.
Protection against war-inspired fires was the theme of the five-day school with many of the speakers stressing dangers of bombing from the air. Mr. Rogers, who served as chief of the school, told the firemen that South Dakota’s lack of defense against grain field fires and bombing is “amazing.”
He said lie believed South Dakota’s grain fields are in grave danger from the air. One plane, he pointed out, could carry thousands of fire “calling cards” and spread fire over a large area in a short time.
Prizes of 1,750 were awarded in the seven contests of the annual tournament.
Social events of the convention included a Dutch Lunch served by the Wate.rtown Fire Department and several luncheons for the wives of the visiting firemen.