Volunteers Attack Metropolitan Plan

Issue 9 and Volume 108.

Volunteers Attack Metropolitan Plan Creation of a metropolitan fire department in Western New York portends a possible loss of independence by volunteer groups, Gerald Gleason, chairman of the Erie County Fire Advisory Board told the 47th annual convention of the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen meeting in Cheektowaga, N. Y. Gleason noted an editorial in the Buffalo, N. Y., “Courier-Express” which said a metropolitan fire department could furnish better protection, probably at less cost, than volunteer companies. The editorial noted that piece-meal development of tax-supported fire companies is in the offing. “Be ever on guard against legislation which will take away any of your independence,” Gleason told the firemen from volunteer organizations in Erie, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties of New York State. Gleason said the volunteers’ efficiency is predicated on their independence and contended that volunteers are trained as well as if not better than members of many paid departments.…

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