“The Bad Master” Shown to Fairfield Chiefs

“The Bad Master” Shown to Fairfield Chiefs

Over 100 chiefs, officers and guests of the Fairfield County Fire Chiefs’ Emergency Plan met in the Tunxis Hill Fire headquarters, Fairfield, Conn., for the January meeting of the Plan on Wednesday evening, January 22. Retired Chief Peter Beckerle, of Danbury and Chief George Brencher, of Darien, of the Legislative Committee, reported that the book containing the state statutes pertaining to Fire Departments would be ready for distribution soon. This book was compiled through the cooperation of the PWA.

Chief Frank R. Gisborne, of Old Greenwich, President of the Plan, presided over the meeting. Addresses of welcome were given by John Ferguson. First Selectman of the town of Fairfield; Chief Manne Norell, Chief of the Tunxis Hill Fire Department; William Bausch. President of that company, and Commissioner Edward von Holtz, Fairfield, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

A. R. Robertson, Manager of the Bridgeport branch of the Aetna Affiliated Company, of Hartford, was the principal speaker of the evening and with the cooperation of Mr. Casevant, Safety Engineer, showed films emphasizing safe driving of motor vehicles, as well as a film, “The Bad Master,” which pertained to causes of fires.

Second Assistant Chief Francis W. Alexander, Fairfield Fire Department, was elected to membership.

Assistant Chief Stuart Potter, of Old Greenwich, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, revealed that questionnaires, which his committee was empowered to draw up, had been typewritten and they were distributed at the meeting and, are to be sent to Chiefs not present.

“Does your fire department replace sprinkler heads?” was the only question in the question box and was answered by Retired Chief Peter Beckerle, of Danbury, who said that during his terms of office, his department never left the building until all sprinkler heads had been replaced, so that building was ready for another emergency.

It was announced that Chief Arthur Chambers of Yonkers, N. Y., would be the speaker at the next meeting, which will probably be held at the Town Hall, Newtown, Conn. As Chief Chambers recently returned from a trip abroad, it is expected that the Chief will use this theme for his talk, as he studied the methods of European, especially English, fire fighting while abroad.

Dinner Given to Chief Louis Almgren Upon His Retirement Friends of Chief Louis Almgren, San Diego, Cal., arranged a dinner in his honor just before he retired from the fire service. From left to right at the speakers’ table are Baron Long; Allan Wright, City Clerk; DeGraff Austin, Secretary of the Athletic Club; Fire Marshal E. R. Newton, San Diego; Senator Ed Sample: George Whittell, Honorary Chief: Lieutenant Governor George Hatfield; Chief Louis Almgren; Jay W. Stevens, State Fire Marshal; Mayor Percy Benbough, San Diego; Chief J. E. Parrish, San Diego; Congressman George Burnham; Senator Ed Fletcher; Chief Charles J. Brennan, San Francisco; Rev. Haggerty; Father W. P. Kelly; Rev. Osborne; Ex-Mayor Austin, and Fred Opp.
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