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1947 Conference on Fire Prevention Program

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1947 Conference on Fire Prevention Program

    PROGRAM

THE PRESIDENT’S CONFERENCE

    ON FIRE PREVENTION

    Washington, D.C.

    May 6,7, and 8th, 1947

Departmental Auditorium on Constitution Avenue

    ththBetween 12 and 14 Sts. NW.

“The serious losses in life and property resulting

    annually from fires cause me deep concern. I am sure that such unnecessary waste can be reduced. The substantial progress made in the science of fire prevention and fire protection in this country during the past forty years convinces me that the means are available for limiting this unnecessary destruction.”

    Conference Organization

    GENERAL CHAIRMAN

    Maj. Gen. PHILIP B. FLEMING, Administrator, Federal Works Agency

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    A. BRUCE BIELASKI, Assistant General Manager, National Board of Fire Underwriters

    COORDINATING COMMITTEE

    CHAIRMAN

    W. E. REYNOLDS, Commissioner of Public Buildings

    O. J. Arnold, President, Northwestern National Life Insurance Co. Frank Bane, Executive Director, Council of State Governments. Paul Betters, Executive Secretary, United States Conference of Mayors. Ernest B. Brown, President, Ernest W. Brown, Inc.

    Frank A. Christensen, President, National Board of Fire Underwriters.

    J. H. Craig, Chairman, Fire Marshals’ Section, National Fire Protection Association.

    Dr. Ned H. Dearborn, President, National Safety Council.

    Charles A. Delaney, President, International Association of Fire Chiefs.

    Robert E. Dineen, President, National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

    Jas. R. Edmunds, Jr., President, American Institute of Architects. Wallace J. Falvey, Chairman, Advisory Committee, National Conservation Bureau.

    Hovey T. Freeman, President, Manufacturers Mutual Fire Insurance Co. A. V. Gruhn, General Manager, American Mutual Alliance. W. K. Jackson, President, Chamber of Commerce of the United States. Leroy A. Lincoln, President, Metropolitan life Insurance Co.

    W. E. Mallalieu, General Manager, National Board of Fire Underwriters.

    Earl D. Mallery, Executive Director, The American Municipal Association. James H. Mooney, President, Building Officials’ Conference of America.

    James H. Park, President, Pacific Coast Building Officials Conference. Curtis W. Pierce, President, National Fire Protection Association.

    George J. Richardson, Secretary and Treasure, International Association of Fire Fighters.

    Mrs. Pearl Wanamaker, President, National Education Association.

    Guy T. Warfield, Jr., President, National Association of Insurance Agents. Frank M. Whiston, President, National Association of Building Owners and Managers.

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    Objectives

    The OBJECTIVES of the Conference are to emphasize to the public the ever-

    present danger of fire to human life and material resources and to intensify the

    work of fire safety in every community. Essential to the accomplishment of

    such objectives are:

    1. Universal acceptance by the highest officials of the United States and

    municipalities of their direct responsibility for fire safety. The acceptance of the

    same principle by Federal executives charged with the responsibility for Federal

    properties is requisite.

    2. Public support from all possible sources behind such officials in

    accomplishing the enactment and enforcement of adequate laws and ordinances

    for fire prevention and fire protection.

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    Program Tuesday May 6, 1947

    MORNING

    9:00 A.M. Registration. Departmental Auditorium Lobby.

10:00 A.M. Music. U.S. Marine Corps Band, Maj. William F. Santelmann, USMC, Leader.

10:30 A.M. Call to Order. Maj. Gen. Philip B. Fleming, General Chairman.

     Invocation. The Rt. Rev. Monsignor John J. Russell, Pastor,

     St. Patrick’s Church, Washington, D.C.

    11:00 A.M. The President of the United States.

     Introduction of Committee Chairmen.

     Roll Call of States.

12:00 NOON Recess.

    AFTERNOON

    2:00 P.M. Committee Meetings. [See page 6.]

    Program Wednesday May 7, 1947

    MORNING

9:45 A.M. Music. U.S. Navy Band, Lt. Comdr. Charles Brendler, Leader.

10:00 A.M. Call to Order. Maj. Gen. Philip B. Fleming, General Chairman.

     Invocation. Rev. Fredrick Brown Harris, Pastor, Foundry

     Methodist Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.

     Addresses.

     Arch N. Booth, Manager, Chamber of Commerce of the Unites States.

     Hon. Robert E. Dineen, President, National Association of

     Insurance Commissioners

    10:30 A.M. The Attorney General of the United States.

     Dr. Frank W. Cyr, Professor of Education, Teachers College,

     Columbia University

     Dr. E. B. Norton, Deputy Commissioner, United States Office of Education.

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11:00 A.M. Report. Committee on Fire Prevention Education. Dr. H. C. Byrd, Chairman.

     Discussion.

     Addresses.

     Sherman K. Ives, The National Grange.

     Percy Bugbee, General Manager, National Fire Protection Association.

     James R. Edmunds, Jr., President, The American Institute of Architects.

11:45 A.M. Report. Committee on Building Construction, Operation and Protection.

     Albert C. Fuller, Chairman.

     Discussion.

12:30 P.M. Recess.

    AFTERNOON

2:00 P.M. Addresses.

     Charles A. Delaney, President, International association of Fire Chiefs.

    George J. Richardson, Secretary and Treasurer, International Association

    of Firefighters.

    Maj. Gen. Harold R. Bull, USA, Office of the Secretary of War, War

    Department.

    Lyle F. Watts, Chief, Forest Services, United States Department of

    Agriculture.

2:45 P.M. Report. Committee on the Firefighting Services. Maj. Gen. William J. Donovan,

    Chairman.

     Discussion.

     Addresses.

     James T. Nicholson, Executive Vice Chairman, The American Red Cross.

     William E. Mallalieu, General Manager, The National Board of Fire

     Underwriters.

     O. J. Arnold, President, American Life Convention.

3:30 P.M. Report. Committee on Research. Woodward H. Brenton, Chairman.

    Program Thursday May 8, 1947

    MORNING

9:45 A.M. Music. U.S. Army Band, Captain Hugh J. Curry, U. S. A., Leader.

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10:00 A.M. Call to Order. Maj. Gen. Philip B. Fleming, General Chairman.

     Invocation. Rabbi Norman Gerstenfeld, Minister of the

     Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, D.C.

     Addresses.

     J. H. Craig, Chairman, Fire Marshals’ Section, National Fire Protection

     Association.

     Herman C. Wilson, President, National Institute of Municipal Law

     Officers.

     Hon. George Neuner, Attorney General, State of Oregon, representing the

    National Association of Attorneys General.

10:30 A.M. Report. Committee on Laws and Law Enforcement. Hon. John C. Cox,

    Chairman.

     Discussion.

     Addresses.

     Mrs. Oswald Bates Lord, National Chairman, Civilian Advisory

     Committee of Women’s Army Corps.

11:15 A.M. Report. Committee on Organized Public Support. W. Walter Williams,

    Chairman.

     Discussion.

11:45 A.M. Presentation of Action Program. W. E. Reynolds, Chairman,

     Coordinating Committee.

     Addresses.

     Hon. George W. Welsh, President, United States Conference of Mayors.

     Hon. Clarence W. Meadows, Governor of the State of West Virginia,

     Representing the Council of State Governments.

     The National Anthem.

     Adjournment.

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    Committee Meetings

    BUILDING CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION AND PROTECTION

     Chairman: Albert C. Fuller, President, Fuller Brush Co., Hartford, Conn.

     Secretary: George N. Thompson, National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C.

     Meeting Place: Room 43, Natural History Building, Constitution Avenue

     at Tenth Street NW.

FIREFIGHTING SERVICES

     Chairman: Maj. Gen. William J. Donovan, Donovan, Leisure, Newton and Irvine,

     New York, N.Y.

     Secretary: Horatio Bond, National Fire Protection Assoc., Boston, Mass.

     Meeting Place: National Archives Building, Auditorium, Pennsylvania Avenue

     and Seventh Street NW.

FIRE PREVENTION EDUCATION

     Chairman: Dr. Harry C. Byrd, President, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

     Secretary: Dr. J. J. Ahern, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Ill.

     Meeting Place: Room N, U. S. Chamber of Commerce Building, 1615 H Street NW.

LAWS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

     Chairman: Hon. John C. Knox, U.S. District Judge, Second District of New York.

     Vice Chairman: Hon. Louis Johnson, Attorney at Law, Washington, D.C.

     Secretary: Charles S. Rhyne, National Institute of Municipal Law Officers,

     Washington, D.C.

     Meeting Place: Room A, Departmental Auditorium, Constitution Avenue between

     Twelfth and Fourteenth Streets, NW.

ORGANIZED PUBLIC SUPPORT

     Chairman: W. Walter Williams, President, Continental, Inc., Seattle, Wash.

     Secretary: George G. Traver, National Board of Fire Underwriters, New York, N.Y.

     Meeting Place: Room B, Departmental Auditorium, Constitution Avenue between

     Twelfth and Fourteenth Streets, NW.

RESEARCH

     Chairman: Woodward H. Brenton, President, Brenton Bros. Inc., Des Moines, Iowa.

     Secretary: Alvah Small, President, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., Chicago, Ill.

     Meeting Place: Room F, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Building, 1615 H Street NW.

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    Information

    ALL SESSIONS of the Conference will be held in the Departmental Auditorium on Constitution Avenue between Twelfth and Fourteenth Street NW.

    COMMITTEE MEETINGS, open to all who are registered for the Conference, will be held on the afternoon of May 6, at locations shown on page 6.

    COMMITTEE REPORTS will be available at the registration desks and at the respective Committee meeting rooms.

    TELEPHONE facilities are available in the main lobby of the Departmental Auditorium.

    LUNCHEON. The Departmental Auditorium Cafeteria, in the basement (stairway from the lobby), is open from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. to persons attending the Conference.

    All persons attending meetings will be subject to the rules and regulations of the

    Public Buildings Administration pertaining to fire protection and maintenance of

    order, and they will be required to comply with all instructions given by the guard

    force. [Exit diagram on the reverse of this page.]

    SMOKING IS PROHIBITED IN THE AUDITORIUM

    CONFERENCE STAFF

    A. BRUCE BIELASKI

     Executive Director

    LEWIS A. VINCENT

    Assistant Executive Director.

William J. Chattin John B. West

    Technical Assistant Technical Assistant

    John L. Werheim Russell R. McGuire

    Technical Assistant Publicity

    Douglas H. Timmerman Hester M. Bell

    Conference Arrangements Secretary

    STAFF CONSULTANTS

    A. C. Hutson F. C. McAuliffe R. E. Truman

    R. E. Wilson R. E. Verner

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EXIT DIAGRAM

DEPARTMENTAL AUDITORIUM ththConstitution Avenue Between 12 and 14 Streets N.W., Washington, D.C.

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