Signal Hill Reactivates City Fire Department

Signal Hill Reactivates City Fire Department

Signal Hill, Calif., re-established its own fire department July 1 with Neil T. Whitney appointed as chief. The small Southern California community only last July (1959) became the first city with its own fire department to turn its protection over to the Los Angeles County Fire Department under contract.

After the agreement was signed, L. A. County absorbed all Signal Hill fire personnel and its two triple combination pumpers. The County provided three fully manned engines, a rescue unit, battalion chief and an 85-foot aerial on firstalarm response to Signal Hill.

A bitter debate within the city occurred after the contract was made, with a superior court decision and a municipal election figuring in the final decision to re-establish the fire department. An interesting salary comparison is that the previ‘Ts chief was paid $575 a month and Chief Whitney will receive $820. Whitney is the former chief of the Buena Park 1 ire Department in nearby Orange County.

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