VIRGINIA STATE FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION.
The following topics have been sent out and assigned to members of the Virginia State Firemen’s association for reports at the nineteenth annual convention to be held at Harrisonburg, Va., on August 16, 17 and 18, 1905: Topic No. 1. —“State legislatures of other States having adopted laws benefiting their active firemen by a relief bill allowing a percentage of the taxes paid by insurance companies to the State for a relief fund (not a pension fund), why is it not a good law for the active firemen of Virginia?”—Give opinion. Assigned to Captain R. S. Parks, commanding fire department, Luray, Va. Topic No. 2.—“Have the State association meetings contributed to any extent to the interest, prosperity and efficiency of the various fire departments and companies of the State?—Give opinion.” Captain Hugh A. Kneisley, Shenandoah fire company No. i, fire department, Woodstock, Va. Topic No. 3.—“Would it not be appropriate for the association to have a date for the fire departments and companies of the association to hold annual memorial services at their respective cities and towns commemorating the memory of our deceased members?—Give opinion.” Chief Rev. C. H. Smith, chaplain Virginia State Firemen’s association and commanding Cedar Works fire department, Richmond, Va. Topic No. 4.—“The importance of fire drills in our public schools. Should it not be a part of instruction that children should be trained to have presence of mind in case of fire or time of danger, and should not the buildings be so constructed as to afford adequate means of escape?—Give opinion.” Captain J. A. Shuey, commanding Staunton hose company No. 2, fire department, Staunton, Va. Approved. John R. Saum, President, Virginia State Firemen’s Association, Harrisonburg, Va.; George G. Cumming, Secretary, Portsmouth, Va. The secretary desires it to be made known that any one desirous of making fire exhibits at the convention will be welcome. They should address J. E. Glenn, secretary of the local committee for the firemen’s celebration at Harrisonburg, Va.