#TBT From The NFPA Archives: 1909 NFPA Annual Meeting

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on Jun 1, 2017

This Sunday marks the beginning of NFPA's 2017 Conference & Exposition here in Boston. As mentioned in yesterday's 101wednesdays post by Greg Harrington, one of the most important parts of C&E is the annual technical meeting. In honor of this event, we have decided to take a look back at one of the early annual meetings from NFPA's history.


Fire boat exhibition during NFPA Annual Meeting in New York, May 26, 1909

Pictured here: Members of the National Fire Protection Association on board the New York Fire Boat
James Duane, watching exhibition of Fire Boat Thomas Willett, Hudson River, on May 26, 1909.


From the NFPA Quarterly v.3, no. 1, 1909:


"There are many points in fire protection engineering of especial value to certain  individual members who hesitate to project the same into any formal discussion. To such as these the intermissions and the social functions, affording opportunity for individual conversations have a value all their own. The May meeting was full of such opportunities, not the least of which was the dinner generously given to our entire visiting membership by the Insurance Society of New York, at which there was much good fellowship and some very good speaking by the officers and members of both organizations. The exhibitions the following- day of the high pressure pumping system and its water-throwing at Gansevoort Square, and the fire boats in the North River, afforded another diversion replete with interesting educational suggestions."


For more information regarding this and other moments in fire history, please feel free to reach out to the NFPA Library

The NFPA Archives houses all of NFPA's publications, both current and historic. Library staff are available to answer reference questions from members and the general public.