PAID FIRE DEPARTMENT IN OKLAHOMA
To Chief Mark Kesler of the Guthrie fire department is due. in great part, the credit for the new law regulating paid fire departments in the Territory of Oklahoma, He recognised the need of such a stringent law for the protection of the people’s interests, and was instrumental in drawing up the provisions of the new law, as follows: “The paid chiefs of all paid fire departments shall be appointed by the mayor by and with the consent of the city council.
“The chief of paid fire departments so appointed shall have had at least three years’ actual experience as a paid fireman, ,
“The paid members of all paid fire departments jp the Territory of Oklahoma shall, on approval of the chief of the fire department, be appointed by the mayor, by and with the consent of the city council.
“The chief and members of all paid fire departments appointed under sections 1, 2 and 3, of this act shall hold their respective positions, unless removed for a good and sufficient cause.
“No paid fireman shall take part in any political campaign, and no chief shall use his official position to further the interests of any political candidate.
“Any chief or member of a paid fire department who violates section 5 of this act shall be subject to dismissal from such service.
“All acts or parts in conflict herewith are repealed.’’ _