Trouble for Altoona Firemen
A protest has gone up from the Eighth and Tenth wards of Altoona. Pa., against what they termed the inefficiency of the fire department, as shown in a recent fire which partially burned two residences and scorched a third, although No. 3 fire stat on was within 300 feet of the blaze. Chief Alleman shows that when the fire started two of the firemen were away at dinner, and adds that under the present system, during the meal hour, only half of the force is available: so that, when a fire breaks out at that time, the firemen work under great disadvantage. It appears he has submitted to the proper authorities a system that would give more men at the stations at the meal time, but to no purpose It would thus seem that not the fire department, but the stupid arrangements for the meal hour were to blame in this particular case.