Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXVII, Issue 12079, 22 February 1910, Page 2
(Pet Press Assotiailoii.) kASTINGS, last night. ,At il meeting of the Fire Brigades' Association, it . was resolved to again hold a prize essay competition on matters relating to fire brigade Avork. A committee av.is set up to consider tho AVhole question of delegates' fares and other expenses connected with conferences and demonstrations.
The conference unanimously, accepted thc explanation regarding the action of llie Wanganui Fire Brigade in presenting a gold star to a member some months before it was due-.
A meeting of the fire Brigades' Accident Aiwih-allce Society Avas held to-day. , Hie executive's report stated that, in spite of tho numerous acdideitt claims made and paid during the prist year, l thero was a satisfactory th'edil balance. The report, rfeoUmmeiided that the rebates fot the ensuing year be as foll6ws : brigades not ( having draAvn in' benefits 50 per cent, of their total contributions receive 25 per cent, rebate ; -over 50 per cent., 10 per cent, rebate ; 75 per cent., no rebate. After careful consideration of the question of sick "benefits, the executive Avero of opinion that amplti provision iioav existed Avith tho friendly societies, mm aiiy such scheme Avould be altogether outside the object of tho society. They therefore strongly recommended that no alteration be made. Fh-e brigades had been admitted during the year. The roll number of members- noAv was 1518 an increase of 85 for the year. Tho total revenue foV the year was £248 4s 6d, and payments for accidents £146 10r. leaving a credit to the accident fund of £1524 0s Id. Tho executive recommended that a committee be set up to report to this conference on the ihattei 1, of. including brigades Woi'kiiig uiider Fire Hoards in thft accident society, to include the ■' l-Uk under the Workers'' Compensation Act. A committee Avas set up accordingly.
HASTINGS, this day. The Fire Brigades' Conference resumed tlus morning, wben it Avas visited by tlie Hon. D.^ Buddo. aiid Mi' Vigor Bl'dwii. The Mitiistei 1 briefly responded to a most blltliiisiastic Avelcome. Dealing sympar thetically with the work of firemen, he expressed great appreciation -at the interest displayed, and praised the work done-. 'He urged better provision for recreation at fire stations, • and thought some, method should be adopted whereby young ' firemen' could earn promotion, to the highest positions. The Minister has been invited to attend the banquet on Thursday. '■