Westchester Chiefs Discuss Calls for Assistance
Methods to be adopted by Chiefs answering calls for assistance in pursuance of the objects of the association, was the subject of a discussion led by Chief John J. Brennan, Pelham Manor, N. Y., at the last meeting for the season of the Fire Chiefs’ Emergency Plan of Westchester County, N. Y., held at the house of North White Plains Fire Company No. 1, Inc., North Castle South Fire District No. 1, on the evening of Wednesday, June 21. There were 109 Chiefs and other officials of Westchester County present at the meeting.
The Plan was welcomed by William Sinn, Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the district, and by Commissioners Henry Techlaw, Felix L. Amoriello, Frank Dalbo and Lewis Fisher, of the district.
A report of the Fire Prevention Week Committee showed that the county had been divided into zones, with a Chief in charge of each zone, so that a systematic and thorough observance of the week should be had in all parts of the county. This plan, it was emphasized, was in no way to interfere with the individual observance of the week as planned by any city or village. The National Board of Fire Underwriters had arranged to send copies of fire prevention literature to each Fire Department in the county.
The principal discussion, in response to a question in the “Question Box,” centered on the response to calls for assistance by Chiefs and their departments, in case of neighboring large fires. Chief Brennan, who conducted the discussion, emphasized the necessity for the responding Chief to report at once to the officer in charge at the fire, so as to avoid confusion and obtain the most efficient results. The question of marking hydrants with the size of the feeder mains was brought up by Chief Van de Water, Hastings-on-Hudson. A variety of opinions as to the usefulness of the practice was expressed, but the importance of knowing the size of the mains was acknowledged.
It was decided to meet at Mamaroneck, for the first meeting in the fall, on Wednesday, October 18. Refreshments were served after the meeting.