Newark Firemen Ask for More Time Off
Members of the Newark, N. J., Fire Department have presented a petition to the Fire Board asking for more time off. They now have twenty-four hours off a week. They want the board to either give them twentyfour hours off every four days, or thirty-six hours a week. According to members of the committee that presented the petition this is the first time in seven years, prior to last fall, that members of the department have asked for an increase of time off. They presented a similar plea last fall to the predecessors of the present board, but were denied. The petition was presented through the Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association, of which practically every man in the department is a member. Granting of the request will improve departmental efficiency and the health of the men, the petition sets forth. It is pointed out that the firemen get but one Christmas and New Year’s day off in six years, and but one Sunday in forty-two days. The petition declares that if the request is allowed, firemen off duty will immediately report to their companies in event of a fire of any great size. The committee members asserted that the firemen now invariably report at big fires and that every man will continue to do so.