The I. A. F. E. Convention

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!

The I. A. F. E. Convention

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The I. A. F. E. Convention

Atlanta opened up her great southern heart and spread out her wide southern arms in a splendid welcome to the chiefs and others comprising the membership of the International Association of Fire Engineers and clasped them in a friendly embrace. If any member of the association ever doubted the truth of Southern hospitality his doubts were quickly set at rest after a few hours of stay in the convention city. From Chief Cody down to the humblest citizen, all vied with each other in trying to make the visitors’ stay a pleasant one.

As to the convention itself, it was a record one. From the moment President Healy opened the session and introduced Mayor Key, of Atlanta, it was evident that the forty-ninth annual convention was going to be signalized by a spirit of fraternal harmony, intense practical interest and mutual helpfulness that, as President Healy expressed it in his final address to the members at the close, opened “a new era for the association.”

Whatever may have been the desires of the members as to the choice of the convention city for 1922, that is now forgotten, and all must set their face toward the Golden Gate and root for San Francisco. It is none too early to begin to create a sentiment in favor of the municipality sending its fire chief to the coast city, no matter where his home town is situated. After the experience of the chiefs of Atlanta and the excellent work the association did there, there is a splendid talking point from which the head of a fire department can present his case to his city government. So keep at it and let’s make the San Francisco convention equal, at the very least, in attendance and enthusiasm, to Atlanta!

On to ’Frisco!