Oakland to Reduce Fire Force

Issue 23 and Volume 80.

Oakland to Reduce Fire Force Some time near the first of the new year, Oakland. Cal., will discharge fifty of its fire force as an economy move to reduce government expenses. At first, it was stated that the men would be discharged November 1 but the lay-off was postponed for several months. If in the meantime, revenue from business and professional licenses will prove adequate, it is probable that the entire force will be retainerd. It was stated that the cut was made necessary due to the scant budget allowed for fire protection. There was not enough provided to pay the full force for the entire fiscal year. It is planned to reorganize the department so that the reduction in men will not be too pronounced. The fifty men affected have service records ranging from six weeks to almost three years. The men affected are the last fifty men to…

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