This issue will commemorate the forty-sixth annual convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers which takes place next week in the city of Chicago, the event promising to be an important one both from the point of attendance and the program provided. In fact, unusual interest in this convention is promised as no annual meeting was held in 1917. In addition to this the central and easily accessible location of Chicago and its great importance as a city, and the fact that opportunity will be afforded to inspect one of the most important fire departments of the country contribute to the reasons for the manifestation of special interest. The selection, by President Clancy, Secretary McFall and the other officers and directors, of Chicago for this year’s meeting was therefore a fortunate one, and the accommodations afforded by the city invites a large delegation as do also the city’s attractions. Secretary McFall has an able corps of workers to assist him in carrying out the work of the convention and it is to be expected that he will be found fully as efficient as at previous conventions. This souvenir edition contains much that is of interest and positive value to those connected with the fire service, as its pages enable one to note the march of progress made in the line of improvements in fire department methods and equipment, which is not only interesting but valuable, and likewise the beneficial effect produced by the fire prevention rules in the communities where they have been observed. New York City is one notable instance of what good results may be obtained and improvements effected in Chicago will be of real interest to the chiefs. In this connection the special article describing the Chicago fire department, commanded by Chief Thomas O’-Connor, cannot fail to be of interest as it will serve as a guide and assistance to the visiting chiefs who desire to inspect the department. Another feature of this issue is a brief sketch of the International Association of Fire Engineers, giving the cities in which conventions have been held and the names of the chiefs who have served as president. Then there are some valuable fire department statistics and portraits of officers of the International Association of Fire Engineers and of chiefs of fire departments and others prominent in the fire field.

The Convention of Fire Engineers.


The Convention of Fire Engineers.

At the recent meeting of the directors of the International Association of Fire Engineers in Grand Rapids the following list of topics were selected for the annual convention:

No. 1. In cities where an efficient and complete high-pressure water service has been installed, is it safe to discard steam fire engines and depend entirely on the high-pressure service?

No. 2. The automobile as a firefighting appliance.

No. 3. How do fire risks of America compare with those of foreign countries, and what are the most economical reforms to he made in our building construction.

No. 4. Spontaneous combustion.

No. 5. Rubber tires for fire apparatus.

No. 6. Moral hazards.

No. 7. The operation of a water tower.

No. 8. Eire prevention.

No. 9. The necessity for the office of State fire marshall.

No. 10. The welfare of the association and he benefits to be derived by chiefs from attending the conventions.

No. 11. Beneficial results from the inspection of fire departments by the commitee on fire prevention of the National Board of Fire Underwriters.

The Nantucket, Mass., fire department is now equipped with Eastman nozzles.