Two-Platoon Contest at Lynn

Two-Platoon Contest at Lynn

Lynn, Mass., at its municipal election December 1, will vote on the question of adopting the two-platoon system for its fire department. When the agitation for that system was started by firemen some months ago, it was stated that all the members of the department favored it. As the campaign advanced, opposition to its adoption among the firemen increased, and on November 13 a meeting of those opposed to its adoption was held in the Franklin street fire station and a committee was appointed to oppose its adoption at the coming city election. Captain A. G. Preble was chairman and Fred Baldwin, secretary of the meeting. The committee consists of Captains C. G. Phillips and George Hutchinson; Lieutenant F. G. Chamberlain, and Privates G. M. Nichols, John W. Hade, W. C. Blossom, Eric Johnson, George May and Edward Tarbox. The system was discussed at length at the meeting. It was claimed that the proposition to install the system is a scheme of which the firemen are victims. It was claimed that of 70 members of the department who are members of the State Permanent Firemen’s Association, 51 are opposed to the system and 19 are in its favor. All of the local newspapers are publishing a great deal concerning it.

Two-Platoon Contest at Lynn

Two-Platoon Contest at Lynn

The paid firemen of Lynn, Mass., who endeavored to obtain the signatures of 25 per cent, of the registered voters to a petition for a special city election to vote on the two-platoon system have abandoned that proposition and are now endeavoring to obtain ten per cent., which will bring the question before the annual municipal election in December. They will probably have no difficulty in obtaining the ten per cent, necessary and if the city votes on the question it will be the first Eastern city to do so. Paid firemen of New England are much interested in the Lynn effort to obtain that system and anxiously await the result.