The I. A. F. E. Convention
The information published over the signature of Chief James J. Mulcahey, secretary of the International Association of Fire Engineers, in last week’s issue as regards transportation arrangements brings home to the chiefs throughout the country, the ease with which they can attend the fifty-first annual convention of the association. Last year the convention was held in the far West, and while many took advantage of the opportunity to see that most marvelous section of the country, yet the time consumed in the journey to and from the convention and the question of expense proved a deterrent to a great number of the heads of fire departments.
This year no such condition prevails. The convention city is central and is easily accessible to practically all sections of the country. No doubt many who failed to attend the San Francisco convention last year will take advantage of the comparatively small amount of the railroad fare to Richmond and are planning to attend this year.
The practice of the paying of the chief’s expenses by the municipality is becoming more and more general. This is only just. In attending this convention, he is distinctly upon the city’s business and, therefore, should not be expected to make any outlay of his own funds.
The expenses of railroad fare and hotel accommodation should be borne by the municipality. The practical benefits the chief and his department through him, derive will more than compensate the city or town for any outlay it may make.
Send the Chief!