Detroit Wants Men Back
City firemen who have been given leave of absence to go to war, will be among the first men released from Government service, if the War and Navy Departments grant the request of the Detroit, Mich., fire commission. A. A. Schantz, member of the commission, has asked that relatives of such men notify the secretaries at once of their addresses and units so that a list can be compiled and presented at Washington. The commission has asked the council for permission to pay overtime to the firemen now on the force until the department is brought up to such strength as will permit the adoption of the two-platoon, or “day on and day off” system. George 11. Finn, secretary, says this is the only feasil lc plan at the present time, as the people’s mandate to put the new system into effect could not possibly be complied with while the department is 500 men short of the necessary number.
Mr. Finn estimates it will require six to nine months to recruit the department to its full strength of about 1,000 tnen.
At a meeting of the Gloucester County Firemen’s Association in Woodbury, Pa., over $100 were collected for the family of a recently deceased member.