OFF DUTY FIREMEN ABSENT; CHIEF ORDERS ’PHONES INSTALLED
Forty Albany Officers and Men Fail to Report on General Alarm—Chief Fleming Orders All to Arrange for Quirk Notification
IF the question whether a fireman always is on duty or not is debatable in any other place, Fire Chief Michael J. Fleming, of the Albany department has effectively settled it locally. Forty officers and men recently failed to report at a general alarm fire as required under the local ordinance establishing the two platoon system. Some said they were at home and did not hear of the fire, others claimed they were at theatres and so on. As a result every man in the department has been instructed to file with his officers the number of his telephone, or of a nearby ’phone where he can be summoned in the event of emergency.
Theatre managers have agreed to make announcement of any future general alarm fire to notify any firemen who may be in the audience. In motion picture theatres slides will be flashed on the screen notifying firemen to report at once to quarters.
“The fire department job nowadays is a pretty good one and there are a lot of men looking for it.” Chief Fleming declared at a meeting of those who neglected to report. “I want it understood that there is no such thing as being ‘off duty’ in this department when your services are needed.”