Bridgeport Firemen to Receive Increase
An increase in wages for all members of the Bridgeport, Conn., fire department was unanimously adopted by vote of the members of the board of aldermen in that city on December 21. The new scale will go into effect on April 1, 1926. Every grade A firemen will receive an increase of $300 annually which will bring the salary up to $2,300 per year. Grade B men will receive $2,200 and Grade C men the sum of $2,100. The salary of Chief Engineer Daniel E. Johnson has been raised $500, which brings his pay to $5,500.
Assistant chiefs were given an increase of $500, making the salary for this office $3,500, while captains were raised from $2,700 to $3,000, an increase of $300. Lieutenants will receive an increase from $2,250 to $2,700, or $450 more annually. The salary of the clerk of the department was advanced $500, making the new rate $3,500 instead of $3,000. This office carries the rating of an assistant chief. The superintendent of machinery and the superintendent of fire alarms, ranking also as assistant chiefs, were given increases of $250 which brings the salary in these two offices to $3,500 annually.
The assistant superintendent of fire alarms and the assistant superintendent of machinery, both ranking as captains, were given $300 increases. Increases of $300, from $2,700 to $3,000 were also voted to the department mason, department carpenter, department painter, hydrant inspector and machinists connected with the repair department. In the re-arranging of the ordinance covering the fire department, the new office of department plumber was created and its incumbent will receive $2,500 per year.
Ail engineers in the department were given increases of $350 which will bring the salary for this position up to $2,600 annually; 12 assistant engineers who, prior to the creation of the new ordinance, had received the same salary as a hoseman or ladderman, were given an increase of $400 which brings the salary to $2,400. Three linemen connected with the fire alarm department, now receiving the same salary as a hoseinan or iadderman, were given the largest increase when their salaries were increased from 52,000 to $2,700. Operators at fire alarm headquarters will share an increase of $300, giving them $2,300 instead of the present salary of $2,000. The last salary increase in the department at Bridgeport was granted in 1010 and the city officials are again rewarding the firemen for their efforts during the past six years which resulted in Bridgeport having the lowest per capita fire loss of any city of the same size in the United States.