SHOULD REGULAR FIREMEN BE PAID FOR THEATRE DUTY ?

SHOULD REGULAR FIREMEN BE PAID FOR THEATRE DUTY ?

A question has been brought before the board of public safety, Cincinnati, Ohio, by Chief J. A. Archibald as to the detailing of firemen to watch places of amusement during performances. He claims that the services of the eight men he furnishes for this special service are badly needed in the department for regular fire duty, and asks that the practice be discontinued. He considers that the men employed for this special service ought to be permanently engaged and paid by the owners of such houses. In order to asccertain what is the general practice in other places FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING made inquiries of the chief engineers of leading lire departments throughout the country, and their replies are printed below. A majority of the cities show that regular firemen are not detailed for duty during the hours such places of amusement give entertainments, and this a good reason why other cities should not furnish this service, at a sacrifice to the safety of the people and the imparing of the efficiency of fire departments, without compensation. In a place like New York, it means weakening the fire service of the city by fifty men every night, and on matinee days, by that number of men in the afternoon and at night. If the city has so many extra men to spare, why not save the expense of retaining them, when their services are not needed, by reducing the force to meet absolute requirements? We agree with Chief Archibald that a fireman is paid for the service he renders in extinguishing fires, not for that of a watchman in places of amusement. I.et the owmers of these shows employ men permanently for that purpose. just as any other employe of their establishments The following are the replies of chief engineers on the subject.

CHIEF J. A. ARCHIBALD, CINCINNATI,OHIO.CHIEF JOHN T. QUIGLEY, SYRACUSE,N. Y.CHIEF GEORGE A. WALLACE, CLEVELAND, OHIO.

WILLIAM T. BELT, WASHINGTON, D. C.: “I have the honor to state that this department furnishes one fireman to each performance, day and night, to all theatres, free of charge. The theatres, also, furnish a private fireman, who is subject to the rules governing this department. The theatres pay for this man. In case of large gatherings at concerts, bazaars, etc., I detail one or more men, free of cost, as the case may be.”

CHIEF W. T. BELT, WASHINGTON, D. C.

AUGUST EMRICII. ACTING CHIEF ENGINEER, BALTIMORE. Mi).: “It is not the practice to detail members of the fire department at places of amusement, except upon request of the proprietors, and for which the department charges for the time of the men so detailed,”

W. T. CHESWELL, BOSTON, MASS.: “It is not the practice in this city to furinsh firemen for places of amusement. The owners of theatres employ and pay private firemen for this purpose. A lieutenant is detailed to visit once a week the several theatres to sec that all lire appliances arc in order and report thereon.”

CHIEF WILLIAM T. CHESWELL, BOSTON, MASS.

ROBERT KIF.RSTED, NEWARK, N. J.: “This department details men to watch theatres without charge.”

SAMUEL S. ELPRETH, CAMDEN, N. J.: “There is a State law in existence, which provides that firemen be furnished places of amusement.”

THOMAS O’CONNOR. NEW ORLEANS, I.A: “It is not the custom in this city to furnish firemen belonging to the fire department to watch places of amusement The owners of theatres employ, and pay private firemen for this purpose.”

FILLMORE TYSON, LOUISVILLE, KY. : “The owners of theatres here employ men to look after their houses. We do not furnish firemen for that purpose.”

CHIEF FILLMORE TYSON, LOUISVILLE, KY.

G. A WALLACE, CLEVELAND, OHIO: “It is not the practice in this city to provide firemen to watch places of amusement.”

C. K. COOTS, INDIANAPOLIS, INU. : “We do not furnish firemen to places of amusement, unless requested, or we think best to send them. The owners of theatres have their employes for this purpose.”

C. E. SWINGLEY, ST. LOUIS, MO.: “It is the practice here to furnish firemen belonging to the department to watch places of amusement, without charge.”

JAMES R. CANTERBURY, MINNEAPOLIS. MINN.: “This department looked after the detail at theatres from 1892 to May 1905; but the city ordinance was changed so that all places of amusement must furnish their own firemen, and these men have to report to the chief of the fire department every morning.”

JOHN P. QUIGLEY, SYRACUSE, N. Y.: “This department details firemen to duty at places of amusement.”

JOHN CAMPION, CHICAGO, III.: “In answer to your inquiry, this department furnishes one fireman to theatres of class V and class TV. (as they arc termed), and the management of such theatres pay for their services by the month. These men are there during the hours of performance only.”

I) J. MCCONNELL, BUFFALO, N. Y.: “It is the custom of this department to provide firemen to watch theatres and places of amusement during the hours of performances, without charge to the owners of such places.”

M. S. HUMPHREYS, PITTSBURG, PA.: “We furnish firemen during performances at places of amusement. One theatre employs and pays a private fireman for this purpose.”

JOHN A. CLANCY, MILWAUKEE, WIS. : “Firemen from this department are not furnished for duty in places of amusement.”

CHARLES LITTLE, ROCHESTER, N’. Y.: “It is the practice here to furnish nremcn to watch places of amusement. The owners of theatres do not pay for this service.”

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