President Hugo R. Delfs.

Hugo R. Delfs, the new president of the association, is a well known and popular member of many years standing. He is a progressive, and this may add very much to the success of his administration of the association. Lansing stands in the first rank of the fire departments of the United States owing to the ability of Chief Delfs. He was one of the first to discover that motor apparatus was coming, and to bring his department up to the highest point of efficiency he decided that the sooner it was equipped with motor machines the better. He lost no time in carrying out his plan, and to his good judgment and wide-awake instinct to equip his department with the best fire apparatus, may be set down the favorable result accomplished in the capital city of Michigan. Chief Delfs is a very popular man. and a favorite with all. He is a ready and eloquent speaker, and being well versed in the conduct of many societies to which he belongs, the members of the International Association of Fire Engineers may look forward to a year’s advancement under his direction.

First Vice-President Harry L. Marston.

Harry L. Marston. who was elected first vice-president, has been chief of the Brockton, Mass., fire department since 1892 and was its first chief to devote his entire time to the service. He was engineer of Engine No. I when appointed chief. He is a born fireman as his father was for many years a member of the department and an assistant engineer for a number of years. Chief Marston has been one of the most active members of the Massachusetts State Firemen’s Association for many years and was its president in 1897. He was one of the organizers of the Massachusetts Fire Chiefs’ Club in 1892, its first secretary and its president in 1904. He has been a member of the Intel national Association of Fire Engineers for many years and a constant attendant at its conventions and well deserves the honor just conferred on him. It may safely be said that there is no better organized, equipped and governed fire department in existence than that of Brockton, and this condition was made possible by Chief Marston. There has never been a new apparatus or other equipment adopted by the Brockton department but what it was selected by him as soon as it was demonstrated that it was suited to the requirements of his department. He was among the first to adopt motor apparatus. Chief Marston is very popular not only because of his pleasing personality but because of his ability and his progressiveness which have made him a leader in the fire service of New England.

Second Vice-President Thomas A. Clancy.

Chief Thomas A. Clancy, of Milwaukee, Wis., who was elected second vice-president, succeeded Chief Herman Meminger at the time of his death in 1905. He was first assistant chief at that time, having risen to that position through all grades of the service from the lowest rung of the ladder up and he has devoted most of his life since he became of age to the service. His nine years as commander of the department has demonstrated his fitness to be rated with such of his predecessors as James Foley, who died at his post of duty, and Hienry Lippert. Probably no chief in the country is consulted more for advice and suggestions in fire service matters, in his own section, than Chief Clancy. Only recently he was called as a real expert to inspect a fire department and all the fire conditions of a town in his State and his recommendations therefore were accepted without question. He has been a member of the International Association of Fire Engineers and a regular attendant at its annual conventions for several years.

Secretary McFall and Treasurer Knofflock.

Chief James McFall, of Roanoke, Va., who was re-elected secretary of the association and Chief George Knofflock, of Mansfield, O., who was re-elected treasurer, have filled these positions for years, doing so with marked ability.

D. C. Coats, a former Commissioner of Public Safety of Spokane, Wash., in a recent public address, in part said: “The city commission should go after the fire insurance companies and force a reduction of at least 50 per cent. in rates. Who benefits by the good fire protection? It’s the fire insurance companies. They take $600,000 a year out of Spokane in premiums, and only pay 15 per cent, of it back. They used to pay back 40 per cent., but, although our better fire protection has cut down their expenses, they have given us no reduction in rates. The city school board three weeks ago adopted a measure that will make them come to time. They canceled all insurance on city school buildings.”

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