Philadelphia Fire Patrol Disbands

Philadelphia Fire Patrol Disbands

The Philadelphia Fire Insurance Patrol, which began operations in 1869 during President Grant’s first term, packed its gear and closed permanently on June 30. By unanimous vote of the 58 members of the 350 fire insurance companies, that for generations have maintained the patrol in Philadelphia and many other large cities, it was agreed to suspend operations and pension or pay .severance to 35 patrolmen who, under Superintendent John P. Jennings, have maintained the unit at 2122 Market Street since 1907. Men with 10 years or more service who have reached the age of 55 were to be paid a pension, and those without 10 years but of that age received an actuarial portion of the same pension. Men who will be seeking re-employment and have been recent recruits to the patrol are to be given severance pay. In voting to suspend, the representatives took into account the modern methods of fire fighting in which less water is used, and the fact that most of the salvage work is conducted by firemen themselves.

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