Fire Pensions at Washington.
A new scale of pensions for members of the District of Columbia fire department has been drafted by Commissioner Macfarland, who has charge of that branch of the public safety, assisted by Chief Engineer Wagner. The proposed scale will be based upon length of service and extent of disability received by members of the department while in the discharge of their duties. Under the old pen sion system now in force no detailed schedule formed the basis for payment, the amounts being determined by the commissioners on the merits of each case. Pensions are now recommended by a board and passed upon finally by the commissioners, who either approve or reject the recommendation of the board, decrease or increase the amount. Under the new system proposed the payments will be fixed by service and disability.