Two Platoons for Philadelphia

Issue 15 and Volume 61.

Two Platoons for Philadelphia A bill providing for a two-platoon system in the Philadelphia fire department has been approved by Governor Brumbaugh of Pennsylvania. The bill was an amendment to a second-class city law, passed in 1915. The new law is to take effect the first day of January, 1918. It provides for the dividing of the officers and members of the companies of the uniformed fire force in first-class cities, excepting the chief engineer and assistant chiefs, into two platoons. The act provides that the hours of the day service shall not exceed ten, commencing at 8 o’clock in the morning, and the night service shall not exceed fourteen, commencing at 6 o’clock in the evening. In cases of riot, serious conflagration or other emergency, the chief engineer of the bureau of fire, or the assistant chief deputy, or chief officers in charge at any fire, shall have power…

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