Derelict Firemen Dismissed
The Quincy, Ill., call men have received what is vulgarly called a “jolt.” It was found that they were not up to the mark in punctuality or in regularity of attendance. Of course, they were on hand on pay day. The council’s special financial investigating committee, in reporting on the subject, found out there was room for dispensing with the services of at least some of them. One call fireman had not answered an alarm for two years, but continued to draw his salary, which, minus fines for non-attendance, amounted to $125 a year, for which he had done nothing. It was also discovered that one call man has been living in Braintree for two years, another in Hough’s Neck, and a third, a central station call man, in West Quincy—all at too great a distance from the city proper for their services to be of any use to the city. Hence in future any call man whose work takes him daily from the city or removing from the city ceases to occupy that position, and any who fails to answer three consecutive calls and does not give a satisfactory answer in writing to the chief, ceases to be a member of the fire department of the city.