West New York Wins County Cup
At a Lions Club luncheon meeting attended by various city and county officials, West New York, N. J., was presented with the Stetcher cup for the greatest reduction in fire losses. The contest is open to fire departments in the county.
Gilbert E. Stetcher, chairman of the Hudson County Safety Councils’ fire prevention committee, presented the cup to Chief Ernest G. Beckert and said that it should be considered a reward for service but more as a symbol of progress in fire prevention.
The cup, an inverted silver fire trumpet, was previously held by Bayonne, Jersey City and Hoboken.
Chief Beckert in accepting the cup, and in response to the tribute paid him and the firemen, said that the action of the Mayor and the Board of Council in furnishing the department with equipment and increased personnel was a contributory factor to the general efficiency of this service. He also praised the splendid cooperation of the citizens and taxpayers in keeping fire hazards down to a minimum. A highly complimentary letter was read from Frank J. Walsh, managing director of the Safety Copncil, on the results attained by Chief Beckert and his department.
Mr. Bond of the National Fire Protection Association spoke on defective building construction and other causes of conflagration. There were other talks at this meeting.