West Virginia Chiefs Organize
During the meetings of the first annual West Virginia Fire School held in Morgantown, W. Va., July 27-30, the Chiefs of the state formed the West Virginia Fire Chiefs’ Association with Chief Martin Quinn of Martinsburg as President. The other officers are Chief J. R. Hare, Morgantown, Vice-President, Chief E. A. McGranahan, Wheeling, Treasurer, and Chief C. J. Powell, Romney, Secretary.
The school was a success from every point of view, according to an opinion expressed by Lewis V. Carpenter of West Virginia University, who is Director and Secretary of the Extension School. A total of 152 persons had registered.
The following papers were presented:
“The Work of the State Fire Marshal’s Office,” by C. O. Stahlmann, State Fire Marshal.
“Organization and Discipline in Fire Departments,” by Harry K. Rogers, Western Actuarial Bureau, Chicago.
“Hydraulics, Fire Streams and Demonstrations,” by William A. Rathbun, National Board of Fire Underwriters, Chicago.
“Chemistry of Fire—Lectures and Demonstrations,” by W. W. Hodge, Professor of Chemical Engineering, W. Va. University, and Prof. Samuel Morris, Professor of Chemistry.
“Electrical Fire Hazards.” by Prof. A. A. Hall, Professor of Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University.
“Building Codes and Fire Prevention,” by E. V. King. State Superintendent, West Virginia Inspection Bureau, Charleston, W. Va.
“Fire Department Inspection and Records,” by Carlisle A. Raper, Assistant Fire Marshal.
“Cellar Nozzles and Distributors,” by Chief Martin Quinn, Martinsburg, W. Va.
“Chemical fibre Extinguishers,” by Nelson Bauer, Pyrene Manufacturing Company, Newark, N. J.
“Demonstration of Automatic Sprinklers,” by C. W. Hutchinson Huntington, W. Va.
“Pumper and Hose Tests,” by W. J. Williams, Engineer, West Virginia Inspection Bureau.
Others who had parts on the program included John Roscoe Turner, President of West Virginia University; Plummer Pride, Safety Director, National Fuel Coal Co.; George Riggs, Mine Safety Appliance Company, Pittsburgh.
The school was sponsored by the West Virginia University, State Department of Mines. West Virginia Inspection Bureau, State Department of Health and Morgantown, W. Va.