Thirty-Three Spokane Firemen to be Dropped
Spokane, Wash., firemen who entered the department a year ago under the double platoon system are awaiting with interest the decision of the city commissioners as to the size of the department under the single shift, which begins again January ist, 1915. The single shift, if resumed on the old basis, will contain 132 men, which the underwriters have asked to be increased to 160 men. Chief Weeks has said that the demands of the underwriters can be met with 150 men by discontinuing two fire stations. In the last year at least five of the old firemen have dropped out, advancing the new men to that extent, and calling for the retention of 23 of the new men in case the department is brought to 150 men and of 33 men in case it is made 160 men. Fire, men under the double platoon system will be retired inversely to the order in which they were taken on, the last man going off first and the first man going off last. At least 33 men will be dropped.