State Firemens’s Association.
List of Topics for Discussion at the Annual Convention of the State Firemen’s Association, at Ithaca, August 20th, 1878.
TOPIC NO. 1.
A Fire Company already in existence, having properly, become incorporated under the law of 1873, complying therewith in every respect, and among other things securing a permit, or consent in writing, from the Board of Trustees of the village wherein they propose to act, and at the same time filing with said Board an inventory of all property in possession of the Company belonging to the village, and all property belonging to the Company, neither of which said Board object to.
In case of a dissolution of said Corporation, can the Board of Trustees claim any property not described and set out in the inventory of the property of said village, filed as aforesaid ?
TOPIC NO. a.
Can Fire Departments be properly managed without the aid of Assistant Chiefs ?
TOPIC NO. 3.
On the importance of having the Fire Alarm Telegraph System in all cities and towns, and the adoption of a more simple and reliable mode of receiving and transmitting alarms, and the use of Non-interfering Automatic Alarm Boxes.
TOPIC NO. 4.
The enactment by the State Legislature of good and wholesome building laws to be applied to cities and large towns, and the importance of said cities and towns having an Inspector of Buildings, or some proper person to see that said laws are enforced.
TOPIC NO. 5.
On the importance of laws being enacted providing a Commission, whose duty would be to investigate the Causes of all Fires, with power to make arrests without subjecting said Commission to suits for damages ; also, to have power to summon witnesses and administer oaths.
TOPIC NO. 6.
Chemical Engines, and their Efficiency as Auxiliaries to Fir* Departments.
TOPIC NO. 7.
Would it not He advisable for the l^egislatue to enact laws requiring the Couplings of F’ire Hose to be of uniform sire and thread ?
Toptc No. 8.
What is the best kind of Hose >
TOPIC NO. 9.
Driven Wells, and their feasibility for fire purposes. TOPIC NO. 10.
Is the use of Relief Valves and Spray Nozzles beneficial to Fire Departments? and if so, to what extent.
TOPIC NO. JX.
How should Department Officers be elected ?
TOPIC NO. 13.
What is the best kind of Fire Apparatus for small villages ?
TOPIC NO. 13.
Would it not be advisable for each Department to i have a Company of Fire Police, or Protectives, and what ; should comprise their duties, and under whose direction ?
The Chairman and Secretary of the Executive Com: mittee were authorized and empowered to add to this list of Topics so as not to exceed twenty in all, and to appoint Committees on said additional ‘Copies.
HENRY W. MATHEWS,
Secretaryof Executive Committee.
! O. N. CRANK, Chairm. n.
The following correspondence explains itself:
FIRKMKNS’S ASSOCIATION, J
STAI R OF NEW YORK,
LOCKPORT, N. Y., April 19, 1878. ) CLIFFORD THOMSON, Eaitor yationai Fireman’s Journal :
At the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, held at Ithaca, on the 16th instant, 1 was requested to invite you to deliver an address before the Association at its annual meeting at Ithaca in August next, which I trust you will consent to do. Yours, etc.,
JOHN HODGE, President.
OFFICF. OF THE FIREMAN’S JOURNAL, NEW YORK, May 1, 1878.
JOHN HODGR, ESQ., President Firemen’s Association :
Yours of the 29th ult. containing the invitation of the Executive Committee to deliver an address before the Convention of the State Association in August next is at hand. I thank you and the Committee sincerely lor the honor you have done me in extending this invitation, and, to show iny appreciation of it, accept it.
While striving to make the JOURNAL a welcome and instructive visitor to the Firemen of the country, I have been astounded at the scarcity of American fire literature. In other countries, scientific men as well a* practical Firemen have written many books upon the management o( fires and fire apparatus, while here we have scarcely any. I will, therefore, with the kind permission of the Convention, say a few words upon the subject of “ The Literature of the Fire Service,” should opportunity present. I can promise you that, if not interesting, at least I will not be tedious. Very truly yours,