TO REORGANISE THE SPRINGFIELD DEPARTMENT
The city council of Springfield, Mass., has passed ordinances which will practically reorganise the fire department of that city. The office of deputy chief is abolished, and, instead, have been created the positions of first, second and third assistant engineers. The chief’s salary will remain at $2,000, as at present, while the engineers’ salaries are fixed as follows: First, $1,350; second, $1,275; third, $1,250. The salary of the superintendent of fire-alarm is fixed at $1,800, of which $1,150 is for his work as superintendent, $300 for work in caring for the police-signal system and $350 for the work of an electrical inspector. This will give him an increase of $150 on the latter account. It is required that the three assistant engineers shall be appointed by the fire commissioners in February, and, if vacancies occur, the places are to be filled from among the captains. If an engineer fails of re-election, he falls back to the rank of captain again. The engineers will elect their own clerk. This ordinance will not become effective till April 1, if passed, that being the time when Chief Littlefield retires from ofif ce.