FIREMEN’S LEAVES OF ABSENCE.
[Specially written for FIRE AND WATER.]
Fall River, Mass.—The firemen of Fall River (numbering 142, of whom sixty-six are paid full time, and seventy-six part time), are allowed two days off each month—a day meaning twenty-four hours.
New Haven, Conn.—The membership of the fire department of New Haven, Conn., is 100 men, full paid, each one of whom is allowed forty-eight consecutive hours’ leave of absence each month.
Louisville, Ky—The eighty-three paid full time firemen are allowed neither leave of absence nor vacation without loss of pay.
Buffalo, N. V.—The 406 firemen of Buffalo, N. Y., all paid full time, are allowed the following leaves of abserce: Each three days every month; vacation—chief and assistant chieft fifteen days; battalion chief, ten days; all others, seven days.
Pittsburgh, Pa.—Pittsburgh has 265 or more full paid men in its fire department. These ate allowed three twenty-four hour leaves each month,
Detroit, Mich.—The total membership of the fire department of Detroit Mich., is 413, of whom 381 are paid full time. Their leaves of absence are three days of twenty-four hours, and three twelve-hour leaves each month. Vacation ten days in each year.
Newark, N. J.—Newark’s fire department consists of 175 members, all paid full time. Their leaves of absence are as follows: Twenty-four hours every ten days. Their vacation is ten days in each year.
Milwaukee, Wis.—The total membership of the fire department of Milwaukee is 345, paid full time Each man is allowed one forenoon, one afternoon, and one all night every ten days, and a vacation of ten days every year.
Minneapolis. Minn.—The total membership of the fire department of Minneapolis is 316, each man paid full time. Each is allowed one-half day’s le ive every third day, except Monday, a. m., Thursday p. m., and Sunday night. One night off—married men remaining hon e all night; single men returning to quarttrs at 12 midnight. After having been in service for one year, each man has a vacation of seven days.
Cincinnati, Ohio.—The total membership of the fire department of Cincinnati is 319, paid full time. Each fireman has leave of absence for twenty-four hours in every eight days, going off at 7 o’clock a. m, cne day and reporting back at the same hour on the foi’owing day. for which twenty-four hours they receive their full pay. With reMiect to the payments made by foreign insurance companies doing business in the State, they are taxed and, after the State has received its proportion, the surplus is divided between the police and fire departments.
Chicago, III.—The membership of the fire department is 1,133, full paid. Chief Swenie has drawn up an elaborate schedule by which each man gets ninety hours of! per month. According to that schedule: If a twelve-man hook and ladder company is taken as an illustration, it takes twelve days necessary to complete the cycle of “offs.” Number 9, say, has two forenoons, from 7 o’clock a. m to 12 o’clock, noon; two afternoons, from 7 o’clock p. m.-to 7 o’clock a. m., and one half night from 7 o’clock p. m. to 11 o’clock p. m.—a total of thirty-six hours, or average of three hours per day. Each man gets three meal “ofTs” of one hour each, making an average total of six hours per day. Each member has also a seven da^ s’ furlough each year. The men are allowed to trade “ofIs;”but the officers can trade only with each other. If Number nine desired to leave at 1 o’clock on the ittli day of the schedule, tc be absent until the next morning, he could do so by making satisfactory arrangements with Number five or Number eleven, both of whom are entitled to an afternoon “ ofl ” on that day.
New York —The fire extinguishing force of New York city before consolidation amounted to 1,193 men. These are allowed each one day ofT in every ten. three hours daily for meals, and ten days’ vacation. The officers from battalion chief upwards areallowed the same number of hours off daily for meals, one day a week off, and twenty days’ vacation—the acting battalion chief is allowed fifteen days vacation.
The ordinary leaves of absence accorded the firemen of Great Britain and Ir.land are as follows: London.—950 officers and firemen, twenty-four hours per fortnight. Glasgow. — 156 officers and men, sixteen hours each thirty-one days. Manchester.—106 officers and men, twenty-four hours every thiiteen days. Belfast.—Seventy-nine officers and men, one day per fortnight. Edinburgh.—Seventy-one officers and men thirteen and one-half hours per fortnight. Dublin.—Fiftyfour officers and men, six to nine hours each veek.