THE COMING STATE CONVENTION.
The Annual Convention of the New York State Firemen’s Association, to be held at Rochester in the middle of August, promises to be one of the most important gatherings of Firemen ever held in this State. The Firemen of Rochester have taken hold of the matter with their accustomed energy, organized a central committee to take charge of local details and dispense the hospitality of the city, and have so systematically attended to their duties that all Firemen who choose to attend the Convention will find every accommodation necessary for their physical well-being. At the Convention last year a committee was appointed to arrange with manufacturers to exhibit all kinds of fire apparatus and appliances, and to arrange for tests of the same. This is to be one of the leading features of the gathering, and “ Experiment Day ” is looked forward to with great interest, not only by Firemen, but manufacturers. This is the most instructive feature that has ever been introduced at any of the State Conventions, and will be the means of introducing to members of Departments in the smaller cities various useful appliances with w’hich they are unfamiliar, but which are used n the larger cities. Many of these tend to simplify the work of the Firemen to a great degree and to enable them to do more efficient work than with the old machinery. Last week a meeting of the Experiment Committee and the Central Committee was held at Rochester, for the purpose of defining more clearly the duties of each, so that there shall be no clashing. While the Experiment Committee has done and can still do efficient service in bringing manufacturers to the front, it will necessarily devolve upon the Local Committee to make the arrangements for the experiments. No better place than Rochester could have been selected for exhibitions of this character, for it has the most perfect system of water supply in the State, and satisfactory tests can be made of all kinds of apparatus. At the meeting of the two committees last week, a programme for “ Experiment Day,” August 16, was perfected, and as soon as possible will be put into circular form and distributed to manufacturers and inventors of fne apparatus throughout the country, and published in the Firemen’s and scientific papers. The experiments will be divided into appropriate classes, and each class will have a special committee to conduct each trial. These special committees will be named outside of the committees mentioned above, and great care will be taken to select competent men for each experiment. Upon the report of the several special commi! tees, the Rochester Central Committee will give to the successful inventor a handsome lithographed diploma, setting forth the proper facts. Diplomas will also be issued for the largest and most complete display of hose and attachments, Firemen’s uniforms and equipments, electric fire alarms, metal Company badges, ribbon Company badges, Firemen’s address cards, steam fire engines, hook and ladder trucks, horse and hand extinguishers, hand fire engines, hose carts, extension ladders, fire escapes, and other fire appliances. The Central Committee intend to make every preparation (or ” Experiment Day,” even to the building of temporary buildings (or turning into a conflagration upon which inventors may try their fire extinguishing apparatus. Already many manufacturers and inventors have declared their intention to exhibit their products, and some builders of apparatus will enter their several machines for competitive trials. As soon as the programme for these trials are issued we shall comment upon them more in detail.
Another feature of the Convention will be a parade of the Rochester Department and the visiting Companies that will then be present. We have already published the list of Companies that have accepted invitations, and others are expected that have not yet formally sent their acceptance. Several of the Companies that are to take part in the great parade are perfecting themselves in drill tactics, and in view of such preparations the Central Committee at its last meeting decided to arrange for a prize competitive drill, and to offer two prizes, consisting of elegant silk banners appropriately lettered and ornamented. The Committee have appointed as judges of this competitive driil the following well-known and eminently qualified gentlemen: Major Andiew J. Hatch, Col. Samuel S. Eddy, Major George F. Loder, Col. Francis A. Schoeffel and Major Henry B. Henderson. The prize banners will be completed in time to be put on exhibition, and it is expected that this feature of the Convention will attract a great deal of attention. It will also show the great improvement that has been made in drill and discipline by the Fire Companies of the State during the past few years, and which has been so persis:ently advocated and encouraged by THE JOURNAL. There is no reason why Firemen on parade should not appear as well and execute certain evolutions as creditably as any of the military companies of the State. Indeed, there are a few Fire Companies so well drilled now, and are so perfect in a variety of movements, that even the famous Seventh Regiment might envy their fine appearance on parade. The gathering at Rochester will do much to stimulate a spirit of emulation in this respect, and also to show to citizens that their defenders from the perils of fire are also ambitious to gain their respect and esteem by their manly deportment.
Other features that have bedh prominent at other Convention^ of the Association will not be lacking at the Rochester gathering, but there will be valuable essays presented upon various topics pertinent to the Fire Service. The practical experiments, however, alluded to, are intended to take the place, to some extent, of the debates heretofore indulged in. We shall have frequent occasion to speak of the preparations making for the coming Convention as the details are developed, and now take occasion to urge upon all manufacturers and inventors who have anything designed for use in the Fire Service, to prepare to send it to Rochester. They can be assured that every facility will be afforded them for exhibiting, and committees of disinterested persons will test and report upon their goods.