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FIRE BRIGADES' DEMONSTRATION.

THE BANQUET. SOME REMARKS BY INSPECTOR HUGO. In the evening a banquet was held in the Federal Hall, the chair being occupied by Mr. C. H. Poole, M.P. Among those present were Messrs. F. E. Baume, and A. E. Glover, M.P.'s, Mr. Lucas (president of the Association), Inspector Hugo, Mr. A. J. Entrican (chairman Auckland Fire Board), Superintendent Woolley, E. and J. Smith (ex-presidents of the Association), and a number of vice-pre-sidents of the Association. The hall ■was filled to its utmost capacity, and the banquet, as a. termination of the week's proceedings, was an unqualified success. Mr A. E. Glover, M.P., in proposing the toast of the New Zealand Fire Brigades' Association, expressed the hope that the visitors had spent a pleasant time in Auckland, and would carry away pleasant memories. The community in general owed an everlasting debt to the men of. the fire-fighting brigades, for upon them depended the safety of lives and property from one of man's worst enemies when out of man's control —the demon fire.

Mr. G. Wildish, of Gisborne, returned thanks to the Auckland brigades and people for their hospitality to the visiting firemen, who, he assured the gathering, would leave regretfully, and remember long and pleasurably the kindly and heart-thorough treatment meted to them during their sojourn in the northern city. Firemen, lie reminded his hearers, were ever men and brothers in the purest sense; the volunteer brigades of New Zealand, to the number now of over 3000 men, were a body of men who, no matter when, where, and under what circumstances, cheerfully and willingly gave their time, and if occasion called, risked their life and limb, in defending the peace of the land between fire and humanity. Mo matter how many municipal paid brigade 3 might come into existence, there would always be room for the volunteer fireman. (Loud applause.)

Inspector Hugo, in the course of a response to'a toast, said that one of the causes, and the only one that need for the particular moment concern them, was over insurance. He had never said that it was the only cause. Referring to Press criticism on this matter, he remarked that he pointed out an economical way of reducing the number of incendiary fires. Some few years ago, in some of the States of America, it was found necessary to appoint fire marshals, having all the power of a magistrate, in order to combat the increase of ineendi- , arisni. As a result, the percentage of fires from unknown causes was reduced from about 48 per cent to 10 or 12 per cent. It was argued again that Wellington did not have any larger proportion than other parts of the colony. That ■was his own argument—the proportion throughout the colony was much on the same ratio. It was said that 2\"ew Zealand -was responsible for half the tires that took place in dwelling houses, general stores and hotels in all Australasia. At a demonstration some six years ago in Napier it was stated that he had said he had no use for the Association. His reply was that the Association was absolutely essential to the fire service of N e\v Zealand. (Applause.) But tlie Association, in his opinion, might have done better in tiie education of fire brigades. Unfortunately the whole efforts of the Association" had been devoted to the saving of property. What drill did any of the brigades have for life-saving and life-re-storing? Very little save in. one or two instances. How many firemen present would know how to save an unconscious person in an upper storey of a big building? Very few. (Voices: rot!) He repeated it. It required a very strong man to pick up an unconscious person. And when that person was got outside the building, what was known of efforts at revival? It was an important, an essential part of a fireman's education to know what to do in the saving of life effectively. And it was the duty of the Association to see to that education. He pointed out that there "were 87 brigades in the Association, of -which 20 brigades were under the Fire Boards. There were 36 places taken by-members of those 20 Fire Board brigades at the competiions of the past week. It was worthy their consideration. (Applause.)

At the conclusion of the toast list the prizes won during the demonstration were distributed to the winners. Interspersed among the laTge numbeT of toasts were a number of musical and instrumental items, contributed by Master Caisley and Messrs. White, Smithson, E. Sutherland, Leslie Bros., Abraham and Archer.

TJHE RESULTS SUMMARISED.

Following are the results of the recent Fire Brigades' Demonstratioilj which was concluded on Saturday:—■ 1909. HELD AT AUCKLAND. Hose, reel, flat, and ladder: 5 men - Masterton—37 2-Ds. Coupling event: 2 men; Timarn —34 2-ss. Manual engine: 5 meu; Napier—4l 3-ss. Manual, engine, dry: 1 man; Hawera—3ss. Hose, hydrant, and union: 5 men; Fitzroy— 29 3-ss. Hose and hydrant: 3 men; Caverskam— 21 l-ss. ladder race: Masteiton—Ss. Rescue event: 2 men; Napier—23 4-ss. Alarm and disabled hose: 5 men: Timaru— OS 2-Ss. 1909. SHIELDS. Champion—Timara. High. Pressure—Masterton. Manual—Napier. Speight's manual—Napier. LADDER RACE.—"esults. Masterton, 8s 1 Auckland City, 8s 2 I>unedin City, 8 l-5s S Asliburton, 8 l-5s . 4 In the. , run oil for final place, Auckland and Masterton again ran a dead heat in 7 2-ssecs. A further run-off resulted In a win for Masterton, Auckluud slipping on the ladder. In the run-off for third and fourth places, Dunedin nnd Ashburton secured those positions respectively. RESCUE EVENT. Following are the winning teams:— Napier, 23 4-3e 1 Auckland City, 25 l-5s 2 Dunediu City, 25 1-us 3 Onehunga, 26 l-5s 4 Waikl, 26 l-5e 5 In the run-off between Auckland and Dtinedln, Auckland retained second place in 24 4-os., Dunedln's time being 275. In the run-off between Onehunga and \Vaihl, the former retained fourth place in 80s. Waihl being disqualified. ALARM. AND DISABLED HOSE. Following are the results:— Timaru, 5S 2-5s 1 Dnunevirke, 59 2-5s <j (Dunedin City, 60s R Napier, CO 3-5s '.'.'.'.'.'.'. 4 OLD BOYS' COUPLING EVENT. This event for two mon was arranged for old firemen, five teams compotiui;. The coutest excited great Internet, Rβsults;—i

Eoberts and Macdermott, 26 4-5s 1 Monlden and Feiiton, 33 l-5s 2 Beveredge. and iLepine, 343...' —.;-.... 3 IOOi'DS. HANDICAP. — For Amateurs. First Heat: J. H. Edwards (scr.), 1; A. Twiname (45yds), 2; A, Mcßowe (24 yds), 3. Time, 10 4-ss. Second Heat: WV K. Sansbury (6jyds), 1; C F. Burns (2yds), 2; J. I* Sansbury (2J yds), 3. Time. 10 .2-ss. .... Third Heat: J. J. Taylor- (2Jyds), 1; H. Wlnstone (4yds), 2; W. Mclndoe (4yds), 3. Time, 10 3-ss. Fourth Heat: F. H. Wilson (lyd), 1; A. O. Butler (65yds), 2; P. K. Ness (2yds), 3. Time, 10 2-ss. Final: Winstone, 1; Sansbury, 2; Taylor, 3. Time, 10 2-ss. ...... - ■ 220 YDS. HAXD-ICAP RACE.—For Amateurs. Macludoe, 1; T. F. Wilson, 2; Edwards, , 3.

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FIRE BRIGADES' DEMONSTRATION. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 63, 15 March 1909

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