State Fire Marshals.

State Fire Marshals.

The fourth annual convention of the State Fire Marshals’ association was recently held at Louisville, Ky., with Edward Peterson, of Minnesota, president, in the chair. In a paper by Fire Marshal T. M. Purtell, of Wisconsin, ”A suggestion for co-operation with fire chiefs,” the writer sugested that the State fire marshal co-operate with the chiefs of the fire departments by making the chiefs his deputies, giving them full power to investigate conditions, fires, etc., and authority to order changes necessary to abate general fire hazards. “If this plan proves feasible,” he said, “it will give a working force of hundreds of men, each with a personal interest and a personal pride in the betterment of local conditions, and the work of construction carried on would result in a very material benefit.” President Peterson read a paper, in which he urged uniform statistics of fire causes and their publication, to aid the public in taking precautions to prevent fires. Other papers read were: “Cooperation of tire marshals,” by Fire Marshal Rogers, of Ohio; “Gasoline fires,” by F. A. Craft, of South Dakota, and “How to reduce the fire waste.” by A. Lindback, fire commissioner of Manitoba. T. M. Purtell. of Wisconsin, was elected president: F. A. Craft, of South Dakota, vicepresident: W. S. Rogers, of Ohio, secretarytreasurer (re-elected). W. L. Beers, fire marshal of the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, and E. R. Townsend, of Chicago, were elected honorary members. Next year’s convention will be held in Milwaukee. Wis., on May 17 and 18.

State Fire Marshals.

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State Fire Marshals.

Says the Weekly Underwriter: “State fire marshalships are justified by the results achieved in Ohio, in which the department reports a large decrease in the number of cases of arson presented to grand juries in Ohio counties, compared with previous years, and also in their importance. With the opening of the courts for the fall sittings, not more than twenty-two cases have been filed, and these are widely scattered and all trivial. The fire marshal reports that not more than three or four of these can be traced to a desire to profit from the insurance, and the motive of most of the remainder is undoubtedly revenge.”