Bridgeport Firemen to Ask for Increase

Bridgeport Firemen to Ask for Increase

A committee of firemen, working with the approval of the heads of the department, are gathering data in which to support their proposed pleas for an increase in pay for every member of the Bridgeport, Conn., fire department. Information and statistics from other cities of the same size as Bridgeport are being gathered to support the petitions.

“I am in favor of an increase in wages for the firemen,” Mayor F. William Behrens said when asked about the matter. The petition will be presented to the board of aldermen in time for the draft of an ordinance to precede the making up of budgets for the city’s new fiscal year which begins on April 1. The last increase granted to firemen at Bridgeport was on April 1, 1920.

The committee is headed by R. Arthur Brown, superintendent of fire alarms and includes Superintendent of Machinery Thomas F. Flynn, Jr., and Lieutenant Thomas F. Reilly. Thus far, according to the committee, reports have been received from various cities of populations comparable with Bridgeport relative to salaries of policemen and firemen. In many instances, the committee reports, not only are salaries higher, but complete equipment and uniforms are furnished to men in the municipal service. In Bridgeport the men furnish their own uniforms and equipment.

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