Fire

75 years ago.(Looking Back)

SEPTEMBER 1929

* "We have a continuous system, and we are undermanned. With men on leave, and sick, with hydrant and fire alarm inspections. Not to mention that bugbear the ambulance, which should be in the charge of the Police or the Medical Officer of Health. It is not possible to man all our appliances The work is arduous and the pressure ceaseless. Yet our pay is below that of the policeman or the dustman".

* This letter inspired a front page editorial regarding a standard rate of pay throughout the Fire Service

* The editorial notes that one chief officer who commands a brigade in a town of industrial and residential premises and a population of 70,000 is paid slightly less than 5 [pounds sterling] a week. …

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