THE NATIONAL FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES.
Secretary D. W. Gillen has sent out the following circular of the National Firemen’s Association of the United States:
“176 E. MONROF. STREET,
“The firemen, and especially the volunteer firemen of the United States, are slowly but surely coming to the front among the many organisations of the land. And why shouldn’t they, for nowhere will be found a class of men who do, and are ever ready to do for others without any reward? Few, if any, have much at stake when the alarm of fire sounds, Yet we find them ever ready to sacrifice their time, health, and life.
They ask not for money or praise, nothing but recognition for their work. And how often do they fad in this! We read or hear every day of some brother fireman having been injured or killed while on duty, and we think: ‘Has he a wife and familv, and, if so, are they provided for?’ Paid firemen and their families are taken care of by benevolent and mutual aid associations; but the volunteer fireman and his family have nothing of the kind
“The evil of politics has been the means in the past few years by which fire departments have been seriously crippled by the removal of their chiefs at the wishes of a few designing and selfish politicians. This is not justice to the men who have served the people faithfully for years. Merit and service alone should promote a fireman to the position of chief. In order to protect ourselves as firemen we ask you to consider these questions and join the National Firemen’s association and help us get the legislation necessary to stop this evil, and also protection for ourselves and families. It can be done; but without membership we can do nothing. Every fire department, State association, fire insurance patrol or salvage corps is entitled to membership by paying one dollar initiation fee and fifty cents per year for dues, and the payment of the same entitles each organisation to two delegates at the conventions.
“The fifth annual convention of the association will convene in Detroit, Mich., on September 11 and 12, 1902. See to it that your department is represented, and we will do the rest. Yours, fraternally, “D. W. GILLEN, Secretary.
“GEO. C. HALE, President, Kansas City, Mo.