THE FIRE ENGINEERS’ CONVENTION
Meeting of the Board of Directors at Jacksonville – Date Fixed for Holding the Annual Meeting the Week of October 16—A Long and Interesting List of Topics Selected.
(Special to “Fire and Water Engineering.”)
Jacksonville, February 16, 1917.
The earnestness which the directors of the International Association of Fire Engineers showed in completing the arrangements for the convention of 1917 augurs well for the big meet in Jacksonville in October next. As Chief W. H. Bywater, of Salt Lake City, Utah, said: I am deeply interested in the success of the convention and fully believe it will be the record event of the Association. When I reach home again, I shall have traveled nearly six thousand miles to assist in selecting a program that will prove both interesting and instructive to the members, and I think if all goes as well as we have arranged, everyone who visits this interesting and hustling city will be well satisfied with the result. Punctually, at noon on Thursday, the following officers and visitors met in the office of Chief Haney and for two days worked successfully in perfecting the most complete plans for the meeting:
Chief T. A. Clancy, president.
Chief James McFall, secretary.
Chief Phil Wright, of San Antonio, Tex., director.
Captain J. J. Conway, fire insurance patrol, director.
Chief W. H. Bywater, Salt Lake City, Utah, director.
Chief W. B. Cody, of Atlanta, Ga., chairman of exhibit committee.
G. W. Booth, chief Engineer, N. F. P. A.
Chief T. W. Haney,
F. W. Shepperd, of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.
Captain Joyner, fire marshal of Georgia, and W. O. Hebert were also present.
The question of the length of time to be devoted to engine tests was fully discussed and resulted in the twelve-hour trials the same as last year. It was also agreed that the charge for space be continued at ten cents per square foot. It was also decided to procure a set of tips for use in trials as the Association has been using borrowed ones and it was thought best to get prices from manufacturers and select those suitable for ownership by the Association. The secretary was authorized to secure the services of an assistant during the conventions to help carry on the onerous duties connected with the position and the president is to consult with him in carrying out the plan. As to the closing up of the accounts of the late treasurer, George Knofflock, Captain Conway undertook the duties of the position until the appointment of a successor. The Armory, a very commodious building, was selected for the exhibits, and the Masonic Temple, close by, will be used for holding the sessions and for the secretary’s office. President Clancy was elected a delegate to attend the Convention of the National Fire Prevention Association at Washington, D. C. The officers of the Association will make their stopping place at the Windsor Hotel, and a list of other hotels and rates will be furnished the members later on by the secretary.
Chief Haney Entertains.
It is seldom such a cordial feeling exists between the members of a fire board and chief of the department as that which prevails in Jacksonville Chief Haney has the absolute confidence of the board in his administration and this is shown in the splendid discipline of the men and equipment of the department. As the chairman of the hoard and mayor of the city stated: We have little to do but adopt the suggestions of the chief and we have yet to find that our confidence in him has ever in the least been disturbed. It is this one-man power that enables Chief Haney to exercise the best plans for the city’s fire protection and the city gets the best service from this well-equipped and thoroughly efficient officer. On Thursday evening, the chief arranged a most enjoyable dinner, at which it was made apparent that he not only was the excellent head of the fire department of Jacksonville but an adept at entertaining as well. The compliments paid the chief by the city officials present would be sufficient to turn another’s head but Chief Haney proved an able entertainer. The Times-Union contained the following report of the entertainment:
Chief T. W. Haney entertained the board of directors of the International Association of Fire Engineers at a dinner in the Hotel Burbridge, Thursday evening. Members of the board arrived here at 8.55 o’clock in the morning to work out the details of the national convention.
At the dinner the visiting chiefs told the local city officials why they had decided to come to this city next October. They declared that it was the first time in the history of the Association that the unanimous vote of the convention had been cast for one city. Even those cities which had been contending for the 1917 meeting voted for Jacksonville, not a single vote being cast for any other place. The visitors declared that this city won such a good victory over the others because the members of the Association wanted to honor Tom Haney, whom they all liked so well. They all declared they were glad Jacksonville had won the convention.
Those present at the dinner were W. R. Joyner, former chief of Atlanta, and now fire marshal of Georgia; W. M. Bostwick, Jr., chairman of the board of bond trustees; T. A. Clancy, chief of the fire department of Milwaukee and president of the Association; J. E. T. Bowden, mayor; Harry B. Hoyt, chairman of the citizens’ committee; Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Shepperd, of New York City; Chief and Mrs. T. W. Haney; P. O. Hiebert, of Atlanta; Chief William H. Bywater, of Salt Lake City; Capt. and Mrs. J. J. Conway, of Cincinnati; George W. Booth, of the National Fire Protection Association, New York City; Chief Phil Wright, of San Antonio, Tex.; Chief W. B. Cody, of Atlanta; Chief and Mrs. James McFall, of Roanoke, Va.; L. D. Smoot, commissioner of public works, and Ernest Metcalf, secretary of the citizens’ committee.
Features of the Program.
After much careful pruning of subjects to be submitted at the convention, the board of directors, finally decided upon the following:
Automatic Sprinkler Alarm Service.
The Relation of City with Industrial Plant Departments, and the Best Method of Co-operation.
High Pressure Water Systems for Cities and Small Towns.
4-Wheel Driven Motor Apparaus.
Starting and Lighting Equipment for Motor Fire Apparatus.
The Proper Wheel and Tire Equipment for Motor Fire Apparatus.
Drill and Training; What Kind? How Frequent? and What Provision Necessary For?
Feasibility of Gasoline Engine Driven Fire Boats.
Fighting Fires in Vessels—Special Tools Needed.
Subjects for Round Table Discussion.
The Small Town and Village Fire Department.
The Elimination of the Wooden Shingle by State or Municipal Legislation.
The Efficiency of the Flying Squadron.
What Has Been Accomplished in the Past 5 Years by Fire Prevention.
Exercise and Recreation for Firemen.
How Can Inspection of Buildings Best be Carried on in Two-Platoon Departments?
Advisability and Economy of Tractorizing Steamers.
The meeting will be held on October 16-17, 18-19.
Secretary McFall, who is only convalescent from a severe cold contracted at a fire in his city, is still suffering from hoarseness, and although feeling in poor condition, he worked steadily during the days of the meeting and now expects to rest a few days. Mrs. FcFall, who accompanied him to Jacksonville, was also confined to her room with a bad cold, but under medical treatment she expects to be well again in a few days.
Chief Haney gave the members of the committee an auto ride to St Augustine which was greatly enjoyed.
The exhibit hall is well adapted for making displays of apparatus.
Delegates to the convention ought to read the list of subjects aud be prepared to discuss them.