THE MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
CHIEF SWENIE’S JUBILEE.
(Specially reported for FIRE AND WATER.)
AT the meeting of the board of directors of the International Association of Fire Engineers held at the Astor house, Manhattan, in this city, on Monday last, President John P. Quigley in the chair, a circular to all county, State, and National fire associations, also to veteran organizations of volunteer firemen, was adopted expressing the board’s desire that
for the good and welfare of each, arrangements for the annual meeting hereafter may be so made that the widest margin of time intervening between said annual meetings may be carefully considered for the interest of all concerned in the same good cause Many members of the Fire Engineers’ association, when convenient, are desirous of attending the meetings of others. This can be consummated by having an understanding in advance of the stated time of tbs convention, which can readily be ascertained in the columns of the several (Ire papers.
Resolutions were adopted regarding the convenvention of the association at Charleston, 8 C., next year, urging that the hall for the business meetings and the place for all exhibits may be held in some central position, convenient and easy of approach to the hotels of the city; that each vice-president representing the association by State* and the Provinces of Canada, be particularly urged to use his best endeavors in every way. to invite other chiefs not members of the association to become members and to arrange to attend the Charleston convention on the second Tuesday in October, 1900.
The following questions and subjects will be introduced and discussed:
- Grain elevator fires.—Have not recent developments in Milwaukee, Wis , practically illustrated that grain elevator fires, when equipped with the large automatic nozzles, can be brought under subjection, when formerly such fires have been considered beyond the control of the ordinary fire department facilities? I) J. Swenie and Jas. Foley.
- Are not our business men in the various citfes many times imposed upon by traveling agents or solicitors, who many times falsely represent the necessity for aiding relief funds of fire departments; and should not all fire and city authorities take measures for preventing further impositions of this character?
- Are the American manufacturers of fire apparatus keeping pace in the propelling power of all kinds of rolling stock used in fire departments in theUnited States? E. J. Mitchell and A. W. Dolfini.
- Are the French more up-to-date, and, morealive to the needs in their recent developments of the automobile and fire apparatus as a valuab’e substitute for horse power? A. Saltzman.
- Rubber tires on fire apparatus.—Has sufcient experience been derived by the use of rubber tires on fire apparatus to be considered a success?
- State fire marshals.—Where State fire marshals have been inaugurated, have their experience and work been successful? If so, what benefits have been derived by arrests, confessions, and convictions, and the reduction of incendiarism?
- Foreign notes.—Notes, as seen in the fire service of foreign cities and a comparison with the American service. Geo. C. Hale, Kansas City, Mo.
- Review.—A review of the International Association of Fire Engineers—its results and success from the Baltimore convention, 1873, to the present time. Jas. R. Hopkins.
- Fire prevention.—Should not preventative meas ures from fires receive greater attention from the insurance interest as well as the legislative assemblies of States, and also city authorities; in fact, should not prevention be considered paramount for the protection of both life and property ?
- Drill schools.— Should not all full paid fire departments establish drill schools for the proper instruction of firemen, that they may be better fitted in the discharge of their dangerous duties? What are the proper requisites for such an establishment, and what are its fruitful results where now established?
- Politics and religion.—Should not the fire service be free from the contamination of all so-called interference or patronage by either? This was referred to W. C. McAfee.
The following letter addressed by the board to Chief Swenie speaks for itself:
NEW YORK, November 27, 1899.
I) J SWENIE, ESQ., CHIEF FIRE MARSHAL, CHICAGO,III. Dear Chief:
The board of directors in meeting assembled, having received the very agreeable information that one of the most esteemed members of the International association is passing the period of a half century of his life as an active fireman, we desire at this time to give expression of our felicitations and congratulations at his arriving at so eventful a period in a useful life, with many fond hopes that such a valuable citizen and fire official of the city of Chicago may contiuue in a cause he so dearly loves.
We look with pride upon one faithful not only to Country, State, and city, but also faithful and foremost at all times in promoting the interests of this association. May a kind Providence continue for many ears to preserve his health and happiness, that he may continue to receive the honors of his fellow citizens !
In this delightful season of Thanksgiving and praise, we, the representatives of the International Association of Fire Engineers, desire to extend once more our hearty congratulations, with our best wishes for your continued prosperity, and remain,
JOHN P. QUIGLEY (president); A C. HENDRICK; ROBT. G BLACKBURN; ROBT. KIERSTED; HENRY A. HILLS (secretary) Board of directors International Association of Fire Engineers.