Walworth County Officers Meet
One hundred and sixty members and guests assembled at the banquet for the ninth annual meeting of the Walworth County Fire Officers Association, held in the school auditorium at Fontana, Wis., October 6th. The splendid banquet spread by the ladies of the Fontana Fire Department was thoroughly enjoyed.
Chief C. V. Bachelle, Delavan Lake Fire Department presided over the meeting and gave his annual address of welcome.
Frank A. Doherty, First Deputy State Fire Marshal of Illinois gave an interesting address on the subject, “Arson and Incendiarism.” In telling of the work connected with arson fires, he gave interesting facts and stories of cases and convictions, commending the able assistance rendered by the Fire Departments.
Dr. T. H. Young, Chief of the Durand, Ill., Fire Department, in a very forcible address on the subject, “Rural Fire Protection,” told of the efficient cooperation and splendid work the volunteer firemen were doing in rural districts. “Fire prevention and fire control calls for constant drilling and study to make efficient firemen, so that the fireman of today has a classified profession,” he stated.
Chief John P. Stahl, retired, of the Chicago Fire Department, in his short address, told of the value of constant training in the use of fire apparatus and the proper use of smaller pieces of equipment carried on the apparatus.
The same officers of the association were unanimously reelected to serve for another year. C. V. Bachelle, Chief Delavan Lake Fire Department, President; H. O. Robb. Chief, Sharon Fire Department. Vice-President, and C. A. Foster, Chief, Lake Geneva Fire Department, Secretary-T reasurer.
Through the efficient cooperation of the Fontana Fire Department the meeting was one of the most interesting and successful ever held. Musical entertainment was included in the program.
Four young ladies, called the “Firemen’s Sweethearts” drew a round of applause for their music and songs. Other entertainment followed.
In the afternoon, an interesting program of ladder and hose drills was held, conducted by Chief Stahl and Captain Isacson of the Chicago Fire Department. This was followed by demonstrations on oil fires with fog nozzles, gas and foam portable extinguishers.