Connecticut Two-Platoon Bill
The bill which was recently introduced in the Connecticut legislature providing for the establishment of the two-platoon system in all paid fire departments in the state of Connecticut, was originally drawn by Captain E. F. McNally of Hartford, and Lieutenant Charles A. Berry of Meriden, Conn. The hearing on the bill was held by the committee on cities and boroughs of the legislature in Hartford on March 22, which was attended by the committee of the Connecticut State Firemen’s Association composed of Chief Joseph R. Kelly, of New Haven, chairmatt; Chief R. V. Magee of Watertown, secretary; Chief G. S. Pitt of Middletown; Lieutenant C. J. Heinneman, of Meriden; Captain E. F. McNally, of Hartford; Chief G. S. Milne, of Rockville; Captain G. S. Sonney, of New Britain; Lieutenant C. A. Berry, of Meriden and Chief W. U. Webster, of Willimantic.
The text of the bill is as follows:
Be it enacted by the senate and house of representatives in general court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
Section 1—The permanent officers and members of the uniformed firefighting force with the exception of the chief engineer, in every city, town and borough of this commonwealth shall be divided by the fire commissioner, board of fire commissioners, chief engineer, board of engineers or other officer or officers, having charge of such fire-fighting force, into two bodies or platoons, which shall be designated as a day force and a night force, said day and night forces shall alternate on tours of duty. (The working conditions of the two platoons shall be left entirely with the said officials having charge of the fire-fighting forces).
Section 2—In case of a serious fire, or any other emergencies involving the welfare of the said city, town or borough, the officer or officers or board having charge of such fire-fighting force shall have full authority to summon and keep on duty any or all of the members of such fire-fighting force, while such emergency continues.
Section 3—The provisions of this act shall not act as a repeal of any act or acts, or part of act or acts, and shall not annul, modify or affect any city, town or borough ordinance, or part or parts thereof, relating to the salaries, annual vacations, sick or disability regulations or leave of absence of the firefighting force in the city, town or borough in which this act takes effect.
Section 4—All acts and parts of acts, and all ordinances and parts of ordinances, affecting the number that may be appointed as members of the fire-fighting force, and the meal hours and days off of such members are hereby rendered inoperative.
Section 5—Be it further enacted that the board of fire commissioners or other authorities of said fire departments be and are hereby vested with authority to make and adopt rules and regulations not in cbnflict with the provisions of this act for the government of said fire departments.
This bill to take effect December 31, 1921.