Leadership

TWO-PLATOON PROJECT AT PORTLAND.

Issue 12 and Volume 61.

TWO-PLATOON PROJECT AT PORTLAND. The movement, favored by firemen of the city to have the two platoon system adopted in Portland, Ore., is opposed by Chief B. F. Dowell, who is backed up by other officers of the fire department, including Assistant Chief Laudenklos, Fire Marshal Stevens and Battalion Chiefs Young and Holden, and he presents strong arguments which should be given careful consideration by the city officials and citizens before taking any action on so important a matter. The fact of itself that the chief of the fire department with his experience and knowledge opposes the project shows that it is one the advisability of which is open to grave suspicion. Those advocating the measure assert that the firemen arc required to be on duty all day and have little time to spend with their families; that manylarge cities have adopted similar systems and found them satisfactory and that…

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