The New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs was organized
and held its first meeting on Thursday, April, 6 1933 at the Eagle Hotel in
chairman who presided over this meeting was Chief H.J. Monahan of the Berlin
Fire Department. A motion was made and
would be known as The New Hampshire Fire Chiefs Club, and the purpose of which
shall be to discuss the best methods to prevent and extinguish fires and such other
matters of interest of the fire service from time to time bring to our
attention and also to promote social and fraternal intercourse”. The Motion carried.
The first slate
of officers was elected and took their place at this meeting. They included:
H.J. Monahan of Berlin
1st Vice President: Chief C.M. Nash of Dover
2nd Vice President: Chief E.B. Riley of Keene
Secretary and Treasurer: Chief Albert Melendy of Nashua
Sergeant at Arms: Chief Harry D. Hilchey of
Board of Directors: Chief C.H. French of Manchester
W.T.Happny of Concord
A.W. Spring of Laconia
W.F. Woods of Portsmouth
Fred M. Sargent of Sunapee
this meeting the members voted to hold bi-monthly meetings on the second
Wednesday of the month and established the initial "entrance fee” being the
amount of $1.00 and yearly dues being $2.00.
There were 92 members who signed up to join the "club” and a motion was
made and seconded to place all their names on file as charter members of the
New Hampshire Fire Chiefs Club.
The gavel used today by the
association president was presented to the "club” by the Berlin Firemen’s
Relief association. Their Secretary, Mr.
Chyle presented it to the "club” as a thank you to show their appreciation in
having their chief elected as the first president.