Westchester Chiefs Hear Assistant Chief McKenna
Assistant Chief George L. McKenna. of the New York Fire Department, was the principal speaker at the regular meeting of the Fire Chiefs’ Emergency Plan, which was held at Fire Headquarters, Montrose, N. Y., on the evening of Wednesday, April 21, with an attendance of 89. The members were welcomed by Fire Commissioner William Reubsamen and Chief Gillio, of Montrose.
Judge Hoop reported that the socalled “Garrity Bill,” which proposed to amend the vehicle traffic law so as to prevent any local regulation of trucks, vehicles or trailers or inspection of such vehicles, had been killed in legislative committee.
There was considerable discussion on the annual dinner, and while there was a strong sentiment in holding it at “Schmidt’s Farm,” near Scarsdale, the matter was left to the discretion of the committee. It has since been decided to hold the dinner meeting at “Schmidt’s Farm” on May 19.
Chief McKenna spoke interestingly on the subject of “Discipline and Training,” especially in connection with the New York Fire Department. He said that the schools are designed to make the men capable, so that every move made must be efficient. They are trained in every branch of fire fighting. He spoke of the annex to the probationary school in Long Island City, where the men go through a training period of 60 days, after which they are given 30 days of duty in a fire company. Their minds and bodies are kept active by drill periods in the company school. The men are also thoroughly instructed in the use of all tools used in fire fighting.
Chief McKenna referred to the Motor and Pump Operators’ School as the crowning achievement of Chief McElligott. In this school there are classes of 72 men. They are sent before the Medical Board, and if any prove defective, cannot drive apparatus. He gave some statistics descriptive of the New York Fire Department.
There was considerable discussion of Chief McKenna’s address and a rising vote of thanks was given him at its conclusion.
The Nominating Committee reported the following nominations:
For President (Renominated)—Deputy Chief Roi B. Woolley, Larchmont.
For First Vice-President (Renominated) —Chief Edward Barth, Elmsford.
For Second Vice-President (Renominated)—Chief Bernard Cropsey, Greenville.
For Third Vice-President (Renominated) —Chief William Bivingstone, Tarrytown.
For Secretary—Edward Graff, Village Clerk, Barehmont.
For Treasurer (Renominated)—Assistant Chief Edward H. Siller, Yonkers.
For Directors (One Year)—Chief Fred Bangloh, Rye: Chief Thomas Outhouse, Ossining: Chief John Brennan, Pelham Manor, and Fire Commissioner Earl Krows, Hastings.
For Directors (Two Years)—Chief Richard BeVino, Mamaroneck Township; Chief Sheldon Gilleo, Montrose: Chief John J. Reilley, Yonkers, and Chief Rowland Doughty, Briareliffe.
Sergeant at Arms (Renominated) — Captain Cornelius Falch, Rye.
Refreshments were served at the conclusion of the meeting by the Montrose Department.