Want Oil Trucks Barred
Every speaker on the program of the Sandhills Firemen’s Association Convention, at Hamlet, N. C., was scathing in his condemnation of the dangerous oil trucks which ply the highways and streets.
Declaring that “The time has come when the individual fireman of North Carolina must gird himself to fight a single handed battle for his protection while on duty,” Sherwood Brockwell, State Fire Marshal, addressed the 13th annual convention.
Chief Sam Tillinghast, Fayetteville Fire Department, urged that members of the association foster any legislation that would help to outlaw oil trucks. He said that he was unable to describe the fire in his city, an oil tank truck and train collision which burned four persons to death, but that it was terrible and the fight to clear streets of petroleum carriers must he seen through to a finish.
Chief Frank Bennett, Durham, and Chief Palmer, Charlotte, also spoke. Chief Bennett urged the attendance of all association Chiefs at the State-Southeast Chiefs’ convention in Durham this month. James Flora, President of the State Association, spoke at the meeting.
Officers for the next year were chosen as follows: President Chief Tillinghast. Fayetteville; Vice-President, Chief Brasington, Aberdeen; Secretary, Assistant Chief Allen, Southern Pines. Fayetteville was chosen as the convention city for next year.