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ELIZABETH TO HAVE A PAID FIRE DEPARTMENT.

Issue 3 and Volume 30.

ELIZABETH TO HAVE A PAID FIRE DEPARTMENT. As has been already announced in these columns, Elizabeth, N. J., is to have a paid fire department instead of a volunteer organization. An ordinance to that effect was introduced into the city council on Monday night, and in a few weeks the volunteer department will be a thing of the past. The change will cost the taxpayers $15,000 a year more—or about $35,000 annually. There will be a board of five fire commissioners—the members to be named by the mayor and confirmed by the council. The board will serve without pay, and will have absolute control of the fire department. The latter will consist of six engines and two hook and ladder companies. There will be a chief engineer, who will get $1,000 a year, and two assistant chiefs,to get $600. Each engine will have four men, and the trucks three men.…

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