Selectmen Support Firemen Against Complaint

Issue 2 and Volume 102.

Selectmen Support Firemen Against Complaint Specific charges made by a citizen of Stoneham, Mass., against the local fire department, following a fire at 18 Chestnut Street in that city, which cost the lives of two children, resulted in a report and recommendations by the Board of Selectmen in which they clear the department of accusation of delay in responding and inefficiency in rescue and fire fighting operation. At the same time, the Board recommended the addition of ten paid men to the present force of ten permanent and sixteen call men, thus doubling the permanent force; also they advocated the addition of adequate drilling facilities for the firemen; modernizing the present communications system of the fire and police departments by installing two-way radio in the fire department and in the police ambulance. Further, that instead of waiting until 1949 when it becomes mandatory by State Law to equip the fire…

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