Two Platoon Proposed for New Jersey
The “News” of Newark, N. J., states that the two-platoon system for paid fire departments in the State was indorsed at a meeting on the 3rd inst. of the Firemen’s Mutual Benefit Association in that city. The system, if made a law, will enable firemen to get twentyfour hours off duty every sixth day, twentyfour hours on duty every sixth day and tenhour day and fourteen-hour night duties the rest of the time. Firemen now are working twenty-one hours a day with three hours off for meals and one day off in six. On the first ballot taken there were 413 votes cast, including proxies, favoring the two-platoon system. Forty-three were in favor of a tour which would give twenty-four hours off in every four days, and twenty-seven members wanted a tour providing for thirty-six hours off every sixth day. Those casting proxies were given the privilege to make any change they desired after the first ballot. The vote was then made unanimous for the two-platoon system. Gerald A. Stoffs, president of the association, said its action would be transmitted to the executive committee of the State Association, and steps for drafting the system into a bill to be presented to the Legislature would be taken by the committee.