Philadelphia Ponders 3-Platoon

Philadelphia Ponders 3-Platoon

Philadelphia would have to hire 1,019 more men at an additional cost of $2,267,275 a year in order to install a threeplatoon system and a 48-hour week in the fire department, Chief Engineer William F. Cowden reported before a meeting of City Council’s Committee on Public Safety.

Councilman Clarence K. Crossan, committee chairman, asked Cowden what the cost would be to install a three-platoon system on the basis of an increase in personnel of 583, and give every man a $400 raise. The chief said it would run about $2,385,000.

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