FIRE DEPT. MAY RESIGN
Weymouth, Mass.—W.eymouth may be without a fire fighting force if the requests of the firemen for the return of 25 cents an hour, which has been taken away from them, is not acted upon favorably at a special town meeting. The 100 call firemen threaten to resign and quit their posts if they are not paid $1 an hour, granted them last year by th,e voters.
They complain that their pay was reduced to 75 cents an hour by the chief and deputies, who, they charge, increased their own salaries $50 a year and granted an increase of $150 to the chief. Petitions are being circulated throughout the town requesting the Selectmen to bring the matter again before the voters at the June business meeting of the town.
According to Clerk Harold Gardner of the Central Fire Station, the men will fight the increase granted the deputies and chief as bitterly as they will battle to regain their 25 cents an hour. Call men in Weymouth average per man less than $30 annually, including the yearly salary, which they claim is an absurd amount when they are forced to replace any clothing ruined while fighting fires.