SPOKANE TO ASK FOR 1938 CONVENTION OF INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION
Offers Many Natural Attractions for Visitors and Promises a Truly Outstanding Meeting
AT the Oklahoma City convention of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Spokane, Washington, will extend an invitation to the Association to meet in that city in 1938.
Because of the outstanding convention of the Pacific Coast Association of Fire Chiefs staged in that city in August, Chief W. P. Payne feels Spokane is particularly well fitted to handle the 1938 meeting of the International.
Here’s what he has to say:
“I know we can entertain a gathering the size of the International as we have had three conventions here during the past three years. The registration of these conventions has ranged from five hundred to eleven hundred. Our organization is already set up and functioning and we have quite a sum of money left in the treasury, with more coming in.
“We have untold attractions to offer. Three great National Parks are but a short day’s drive from the city. We have 57 lakes within 90 miles of the city, which are well stocked with some of the gamest fish in America. The Grand Coulee Dam at that time will be over half completed and we plan on taking all of our guests down, at our expense, to view this project.”
The Grand Coulee Dam is 92 miles west of Spokane. It is under construction by the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation. Controversy to the contrary, its vastness, its gigantic scope and its tremendous testimony to the ability of men, is beyond comprehension until actually seen by a personal visit. It is reached by highways from the city—this miracle of engineering and science. It has rightly been called “the biggest thing on earth” and is attracting thousands of visitors from all parts of the world.
If the 1938 Convention goes to Spokane. the delegates will find a very alert, progressive host, Chief W. P. Payne. Chief Payne entered the Spokane Fire Department. August 9, 1901. On the 14th of July, 1911, he was promoted to Lieutenant and December 13, 1915, found him sporting the Captain’s horns. In 1929—April 1 to be exact— he changed insignia again, this time as Assistant Chief, and on February 1, 1933, he became Chief Engineer. His progressiveness is shown by the advancement of the Spokane Department. Through reorganization and modernization of the department the city of Spokane was promoted from third to second class by the National Board. Last year the city placed second in the National fire prevention contest.