Work for the Coming Convention
The stirring appeal from President Kenlon of the International Association of Fire Engineers published on page 675 of this issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING should meet with a ready, quick, and earnest response from the chief of every fire department in the country, irrespective of whether he has as yet joined the association or not. The I. A. F. E. has, even more than in the past, become now the one representative association of the fire service. The advantages derived from meeting together at the conventions of the association cannot be too highly estimated. The rubbing of elbows, comparing of experiences with brother chiefs, the excellent papers and practical reports and the discussion of them that will ensue, and the stating of and listening to experiences met with in the fighting of fires and in the carrying on of Fire Prevention, all work together to make the attendance of the chief of the fire department at this convention an absolute necessity. There is no time like the present for the city government to begin to plan to send the chief of their fire department to this convention. The benefits which he—and through him his department—will receive by his attendance at the meeting will far outweigh the comparatively small expense the city will be put to in sending him. There should be no hesitation, therefore, in deciding this matter on the part of the city government when the benefits to be derived are considered. Send the chief!