Massachusetts Firemen Endorse Two-Platoon

Massachusetts Firemen Endorse Two-Platoon

At the last business session of the annual convention of the Massachusetts State Firemen’s Association, held at Athol, last week, the convention, by a unanimous vote, favored the adoption of the two-platoon system, and instructed its legislative committee to work in conjunction with the legislative committee of the State Permanent Firemen’s Association. It also voted to go one record as opposed to promotion in any fire department through civil service by non-competitive examinations. A communication from E. J. Barry, Brockton, asking that licenses costing $1 be necessary for all firemen who operate an automobile on the highway, was referred to. the board of directors. It unanimously adopted a resolution providing that organized labor be recognized in all printed matter issued by the association. Several delegates urged harmony between permanent and call firemen. The credential Committee reported 276 delegates as having registered.

The report of Secretary D. Arthur Burt contains the following: Total membership, August 31, 1914, 4,384, including 4,189 individual members, 141 companies, 9 life members, 28 honorary members, and 17 manufacturers. Boston leads with a membership of 835, Worcester and Lowell have 186 each and Lynn is third with 182 members. Of the towns Peabody leads again with 87, with Plymouth second with 73. The amount received for membership dues during the year was $3,810.

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