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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 2

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  • Text: CITY OF ATLANTA DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE 501 CITY HALL ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303 _y 20i 1969 CHARLES L. DAVIS DIRECTOR OF FINANCE W. ROY SMITH DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF FINANCE EDGAR A . VAUGHN , JR. DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF FINANCE JAMES R . FOUNTAIN , JR . DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF FINANCE r Chi f Pira De..,.,"",.."'t City of Atlanta Atlanta, Georgl 30303 ar Paul i a copy of m&D&.11aa:aent r I iaordera . " found ny l bav ln. h 1 ful • ft.cial to you in I trutt th eratlon oft youi- Dt . 1~ ely, {l/,~ c ~---- lea L. .vi• trector of ftnanc CLDsdhf I loeur cc: Mr . a. a.rt Lander, �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 9

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  • Text: Metropolitan Cities That Do Not Operate a Fire Department Shop. The f ollowing question was a s ked of each nrunici pal i ty that is covered by this survey. "As the Chief of your department, would you give your candid opinion as to which method is more efficient?" Cincinnati, Ohio Chief B. A. Lugannani Comment: There are good a rguments pr o and con on both meth ods of ma intaining equipment. Howev er 1 all factors bei ng equal, I think t here c an b e l i t t l e qu es tion that when th e repai r s ho p is part i of the Fire Department , the qua lity and quantit y of the work are far s uper ior to that obtained f r om an agency responsibl e for the ma i ntenance of a wi de variety of automotive equi pment. A comparison of Fire De partment maint en ance shops i n Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohi o readily demonstrat es this. The Columbus shops a re well maintained, with me chan i cs tra ined i n th e ser vicing of f ire ~quipment ·only, wh o devot e thei r entir e time to meeting the needs of the Fire Servic e a nd wh o a r e subject to Fire Depart ment discipline. In Cin cinnati t h e area designated as t h e Fire Division s hop is shared with s t reet s weep er s 9 a tire shop and a wash rack. The general ap pearanc e i s more t h at of a truc k junkyard than of an effi ci ent, well maint ained repair shop . Alt hough me chani cs are su pposed t o b e a s signed to Fire apparatus, t h ere is frequ ent transferring of pers onnel so t hat some men whose ma jor me chanical ex perience is tha t gained i n t he lawn mower and small car s hop are assign ed as Fire equ ipment me chanics und er supervisor s wit h little more experienc e . Over the yearsj the Fire Division has l ost pra cti cally all e ff e ctive control over t his agenc y . The situation in general is far from satisfact ory. There is an area , howev er, which a Fire Chief cannot ignore in evalu ating a centrali zed maint enan ce sh op . This is the area of economy t o the municipal operation. Unquestionabl y the maintenance of separate repair agencies--personnel, equipment, buildings, etc.--for each Cit y department cannot help but be more costly than when they are centralized, taking advantage of the economies that are achieved through the consolidation of pers onne l , equipment and buildings. Although th e centraliz ed agency will probably never serve an individual department or division as effectively as one of its own, I believe it can be operat ed with a degree of efficiency 'that would be acceptable» if a City Administration establishes control s that restrict the maintenance facility to a serv ice organ iz ation and insure the operating agencies of supervisory control over their own work and f u ll cqnt,.rol over selection and approval of their equipment 1 For a level Class is an Fire Department that f or years has maintained a high of efficiency and discipline, and recently attained a One A. I.A. rating , our present maintenance facility eyesore and a disgrace . City Administrat ion is becoming aware of th isj and it is anticipated that some corrective action will be forthcominga -1- �It may be of some value to r elat e so me of our background in this area. Until shortly after the end of World War II, the Fire Division did have its own r epai r sh op ~ with most personnel being part of the uniformed ran kso At that t ime, i n an economy move, the City centralized the mainten an ce sh ops und er one J\fu nicipal Garag e operation. Ho wev er, the Fire Di vision retained a supervisory position in the Municipal Garage with supervisory authority over the mechanics wor ki ng on Fire apparatus and with some voice in the transfer of men in and out of the Fire Department repai r section. This man , under the Fire Chief, had full control over practically all matters concerning Fire equipment. His position carried the ti·t l e of Sup ervisor of Fire Apparatus and Equipment and had rank equal to a Battalion Chief. · ·, In January, 1966, over strenuous objection of the Fire .Division, this position was abolished, and all operational control over t he repai r facilities -by the Fire Divisi on was take n away. Since then, we have be en able to show the need for filling the vacated position, but it has be en r eestablished at the rank of Lieutenant. The new position , however, has no supervisory authority and little control over th e s hop work related to Fire Department equipment and as to other duties and responsibilities assigned to the f nrmer. posi t i on at the Municipal Garage . There has been strong opposi t i on from t he man i n charge of municipal f a c i l i ties to the presen c e ,o f any Fire Division personnel in his operation. San Francisco, California. Chief William Murray. Comment: I f we had our own mai nt enanc e shop i t woul d b e more effi cient . J a cksonvi l le, Fl ori da. Chie f J. J. Hubb a rd. We It if it operated our own ma int enance sh op unt il Novemb er 1968. is now u nder t h e Ci t y Motor Pool . I t is my opi nion that we had our own s hop und er Fire Department Supervision would be mor e effi c ient . Fairfax Count yj Vi rginia. Chi ef Wa Ha Burtonj Jr. Comment: Cent ralized repair shop for alr ..the municipalit y may wor k efficiently for t h e Fire Servicej but I do not believe t h is would be possibl e without cl os a control b y the Fire Service. Su ch contro l wi l l ne ces sit at e a well qua lified Superint endant of Fir e Equipment and other personnel , al l under the control of the Fire Chief . -2- ., �Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chief K. W. Hall. Comment: Our Maintenance of Fire Apparatus is conducted by the Equipment Division of the Department of Public Works. We are satisfied with the service and fe el that it is more efficient and economical than it was when under the Fire Department. This is partly due to having to use the shop to employ various disabled fire fighters whereas this is not possible now. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Chief Harry J. Keller. Comment: No, we do not operate our Maintenance Shop. It is my opinion it would be better under the Fire Department Supervision. Newark , New Jersey. Chief J.M. Redden. Comment: I find that c entralized maintenance, as opposed to a Fire Department operated shop, to be a severe detrement to Fire Department operations. Cleveland, Ohio. Comment: A separate and. complete maintenan ce would be more efficient. New Haven, Conn ecticut . Chief Frank Sweeny. Comment: No Department takes c are of its equipment like the Fire Service. You will not be satisfied with a City operated repair complex. Jersey City, New Jersey. Chief R. A. Gibney. Comment: A central garage maintained by the Department of Public Works maintains our equipmente This arrangement has been in existence short period of time., _ JJnable to say which method is more efficient., New Orleansj Louisiana Comment: A shop operated by the Fire Department for Fire Department e qu ipment is the only way a large Department can keep equipment rolling • . .3 V / �Salt Lake City, Utah. Comment: Public Safet y Garage comprises: Fire Department, Police Department, and Boa~d of Health, all under the direction of the Fire Department Master Me chani c. We think our system of public safety works very well. We always have our fire apparatus under our supervision. Tulsa, Oklahoma. Chief E. s. Hawkins. Comment: We had our o~m sho p for some 50 years, but for many reasons--cost, help, etc., we joined a Central City Maintenance Shop. A Fire Department Shop is more efficient ' when adequate quarters and personnel can be providedo Most cities are growing so rapidly that a Central Garage is a must. We have a firm understanding that our emergency equipment co mes first. Richmond, Virginia. Chi ef Sherry . Comment: I think a separate Maintenance Shop is more efficient and more economical. 4 . �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 10

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  • Text: The undersigned are reside nts _g!_ ~he_ Seminole Court Apartments . The buildf9g _ at 585 Seminole Ave . , N. E. , directly South of the apartments, is to be razed in the near future because of the Expressway . Several other buildings in this neighborhood have been razed by Hudgins and Company, and the combustible materials were burned at the site . However, the law limiting the size of the fire to 10 feet in diameter was not obeyed , the fires were often 40 to 50 f e et in diameter, and the material was not completely burned but was doused with water and left smouldering for several days . Also, the burned-out debris was not taken away. This caused an unpleasant odor, and is harmful to the health . Because of the dang~r of fire to the Seminole Court Apartments, whose upper floors are constr ucted of wood , and the failure of the contractors t o observe the law, we are r espectfully petitioning you to refuse a permit to the contractors to burn the combus t ible material whe n razing the building at 585 Seminole Ave ., N. E. (Y?! s- Cf I -s-93 5eMl",oc/£ /lv€ A)E. Ar: 6 - 9 7 ~~ fl Ck--N.' ff? f_e_ _( { & �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 16

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  • Text: CITY~ OF ATLANTA DEPART M ENT of FIRE 46 COURTLAN D ST., S. E. Atlanta, Georgia .June 26, 1969 P . O . WILLIAMS CHIEF Hono ra bl e Ivan ll en, Jr. Mayor, City of At l anta City Ha ll Atla nta, Georg i a 30303 ea r Mayor All en : This is to ad vis e that I will be on vacat i on fro m Ju ne 30 until my return on Ju ly 14, 1969 . 1st ep uty Ch i ef J . I. Gi bs on will be i nc arge of the depa rtment du ri ng my absence. Respectfu lly submi tted, . OQu)~ · jlJ_, 0 . \Ir LLI AMS Chief Fire Department POW: 11 a "HELP SAVE LIFE AND PROPERTY BY PREVENTING FIRES" �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 21

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  • Text: c 1~-r· u~ 1'-.J TA 1 1·T ,,t C) c DEPARTMENT of FIRE 46 COURTLAND ST., s. E. Atlanta, Georgia X 119J Jr 9t1. P.O. WILLIAMS CHIEF AU']USt 15:i 1969 demo to: All PE:rsonnGl Frora: Chi~f of Fir~ Jspartm2nt Su~j~ct: Reiteration of Fir~ D~partm2nt Policies t-1 re Deo arti:l<2ni.: or n c--=rs s.1a i I aGJre: ss comr.iand· by t:1ci r surna1-:-12s. tne fi r t::men und,2r th1;:i r Fi re~,1en sha 11 ad::.;r~ss t i,::: i r su~;2ricr offi c2rs or acting offi Cl:rs iJy rank. Qualified mt::i1 i•il1 :.i1:: assigner:! on a ro tating i..asis to th;.; capacity as ccting offict: r or ~xtra apparatus OiJL! ra t or. Fill - ins will al so oe donG o~ rotati n~ basis with ccns ist2nt records !·ept at sac:i 0nn i ni2 hous G on an indivi dua.l s hift basis as c~posc1 to a sEation. by order of ; . -:Jl,. , ') I • ~' I ..,~.- / , L-v ~ C~,,~ ).!A- P, O. '!~I LL1,'\i 1S~ C, i1cf Atlanta Fir~ 0ep1rtmant PO\tJ: 11 a "HELP SAVE LIFE AND PROPERTY BY PREVENTING FIRES" �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 22

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  • Text: OEPARTMENT of FIRE 46 COURTLAND ST.,~. E. Atlanta, Georgia P.O. WILLIAMS CHIEF August 15, 1969 Honorabl e Ivan All en, Jr. Mayor, City of A.t l an ta City Hall Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Dear f-,iay or Allen: He have been dea ling iii t h Co1.1 mu nity Re l ati ans and have accepted so1·i1 e of t lle i r su ggestions re l ativ e to e li Din atin g some pro bl e~s. Various polici es and facts pertaining to this departmen t are attac hed. It is ir.ter-
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 27

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  • Text: RUL E S F I R E P R O MO T I O N B O A R D CITY Revised l1arch 196 7 OF ATLANTA �11. An examination for Fire Captain will be held annually and the register established will be valid for one year. 12. Examinations for all other classes of positions will be held when the Boa rd deems a list necessary, and the registers established will be valid for one year. The life of such registers may be extended for an additional year if the Board deems it practical and expedient to do so . .13. Satisfactory completion of a performance test of driving skill under the supervision of the Fire Training Chief is a prerequisite to applying for promotion to Fire Rescue Lieutenant. 14 . When a man on an eligible register for a higher position than his present class declines an assignment which would allow him to act as an alternate for the higher position, his name will be moved down on the eligible list below the name of the man who accepts the assignment. 15. If a qualified eligible is serving in a permanent vacancy in a temporary cap a city at the time of a new examination, he will not be required to take any further examination. · 16. The Fire Alarm Superintendent will qualify men for the position of Fire Dis pa tche r and wi l l furni s h the Fire Promo t ion Board a list of qualified applicants and their grades. 17. Non-fire fi gh t i n g pe rs onnel desiring to retur n to firefi gh t ing mus t serve one year a s full-pay Firemen be for e being e li gible to cornFe t e in pr omotiona l examina t i ons . Membe r s of t he Training Division are cons ide r ed to be firefi ghting pe rsonne l. 18. Upon return to the Fire Department , r eenployed Firemen, including those who we r e forme rly on the eli gible r egist e r for Fire Lieut enant or other pr omoti ona l r egiste rs , must s e rve one ye ar as f ull~pay fi remen before being e l igible to compe t e in promoti onal examinations . 19. Seniority wil l be recognized by the a ddi t i on to the f ina l attained passing grade of ona-hal f (½) point f or ecch year o f service in the Fire Departmen t beyond the f irst five (5) years t o a maximum of five (5) points in any c as e . For pr omotion to t he r ~nk o f Cap t a in and higher., s eniority will b2 recognized by giving one-half (!~) point fo r each year of service on next l ower r ank only, t o a maximum of five (5 ) points. 20. In the event of a tie in finel grades after addition of s eniority points, the man with the highest seniority wil l be placed highest on the eligible register. If seniority points are the same~ the man with the highest written grade will be placed highest on the eligible register. 21. Fire Department personnel serving in the arm~d forces will accru2 s eniority as though s erving in the Fire Depart~ent. 22. Fire Department personnel on military leeve may be given the promotional examination for which they are eligible and will be notified of the ope ning and closing dates of application for all examina tions for classe s to which they may apply. �23, Linemen 1 machinists; fire equipment mechanics, and fire carpenters may be qualified by th ~ Personnel Department from open cosp etitive registers. Fire Department pe rsonnGl who quclify may be certified ahead of others on the list if desired. Fire Department personnel may be qualified by th e Personnel Department from promotional examinations from within the Fire Departfilent, 24, A schedule of eligibility for promotion and who may apply for the various classes is shown in Table I. 25. Examinations will be conducte d according to the schedule of weights and phases listed in Table II. �I T ABL E I SCHEDULE OF ELIGIBILITY FOR PROMOTION FOR PROMOTION TO : WHO MAY APPLY: Fire Appa ratus Operator Firemen who have completed two years of service. Fire Rescue Lieutenant · All fire fighting personnel who have completed five years of service in the Fire Department. Fire Dispe tcher All fire Ugh ting personnel who have completed five years of service in the Department and have had one year of service in the Signal Division of the Fire Department. Fire Lieuten ant All fire fi ghting pe rsonne l who have ccopleted five ye ars of service in the De pa rtment, Fire Captain Fire Lieutenants with at l east 3 years' s e rvi ce as Lieutenant. Fire Drill Instructor, Chie f All Fire Captains Fire Battalion Chie f Fire Captains with a t least 3 years ' service as Captain. Fi rs t Deputy All Fire Batta l i on Chiefs & Deputy Fire Chief Fire Investi gator I All fire fi ght i ng pe rsonne l and fire dispatchers who h ave complete d five years of s E.rv:i.ce in the Fire Departmen t. Fire Investigat or II Fire Investigat ors with one year of service as an Investigator . As s istant Fire Marshal Fi re I nves tigator s with 3 years ' s e r vice os Investigator. Fire Marshal As sistant Fire ~arshals a~d Fire Inves tigators with 3 years' service . �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 30

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  • Text: DEPARTMENT of F!RE 46 COURTLAND ST., S. E. Atlanta, Georgia P.O. WILLIAMS CHIEF AUJUSt 15:1 1969 i'iemo to: A11 P;:rsonnG 1 Fron: Chfof of Fi re; Jepart1:12nt Su~j~ct: Reiteration of Fir~ D~partrncnt Policies Fire Depa rtr:1~n1: comf.iand ornc2rs s .-,a-i l a(j..:: r oss cne fird 1e i1 und';2 r tii1.0 ir by t:1e;ir surna1-:-1;:;s. Fi re:-,krn sha 11 ad~ress t i1ci r sup(;ri er offi c2rs or ~cti ng offi c1.;rs uy rank. Qualified m1.: i1 ~1il1 t,12 assi gner1 on a rotating i..asis to thi.:: capacity as acting officer or ~xtra apparatus o;:i1;.; rc1t or. Fill - ins will also oe do~~ o~ rotating basis ~ith cons ist~nt records kept at eac~ ono i n~ house on an indivi dual shift basis as cpposcu to a station. By orde; r of . POvl: 11 a "HELP SAVE LIFE AND PROPERTY BY PREVENTING FIRES" �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 33

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  • Text: -- - - - -- --· -.-------- .. -- ---· CITY OF ATLANTA 8 August J.969 ,. Memoran dum Regarding Discrimination .Against Black Firemen Of Atlanta • .. To: . ', -- ~ . ' Mayor Ivun All an , Chairman Board of Firema sters-, AJderma-n__Wm. :. T• Knight and Atlanta Fire Chief Paul o• .Williams - -~ --.. . __·- --'--- ----~ -- --- Black Firemen of Atlanta From: - - The Black firefighters of Atlanta are dedicated municipal empl~ee ~, _ ., , concerne d with the safety and welfare of our city and all of its citizens ~ During the years of our tenure as firemen we have been subjected to dis-·criminatio n and abuses as outlined below. We r equest that imma diate _ action be t aken to correct ·these practices, and that on or before Mond~y, August 18, 1969 that \'.'e receive a formal report on your 1ie.:t io ns in cor~ ~ ing t he acti ons cited herein: / ---.. . 0 ~ I. HIRING PRACTICES The ratio of Black Firemen to White Firemen -dR__es not correspon - to th-e: population of Black citizens in Atlanta. There are-- about 90 to 100 Black Firemen in a department of more than 900 men. Blac k--Eiremen that are drafted into the armed servic~s are replaced by _w.hite firemen II. SEGREGATED SLEEPING & LOCKER A'\RANGEMENTS J Lockers and beds of Black Firemen are placed in the back or away from the white firemen. III. RECREATION CLUB _, _ _ . , , ~ ~-· ,_,.....,,.,, <>rt ' '" ~ " The membership was clo~ed t he year Black Firemen wcro hired i~ Land was given to the club by the governme,P._t on Lake Allatoona~l3 acres) ~I C ~ ,-..rt>-/ --fvr~, ¥__ 4 ~ ~ u °' ) 1 IV. PROMOTIONAL DISCRIMINATION l__io~ o-w--t ~ ~ 1 !~~:a-.... . - i - Black Firemen should be included in every department. White fi.u~ r.ien with less time and experience are promoted·· to -dr-i-ve1 posltion _s~~dlack Firemen with 5 and 6 years should be promoted to Lieutenanti; because the entire officer cabinet is made up of all white officers. Most of these officers h ay__e. be en k o o v-n+-t-o..-f--G-:i.~-r--p-r-e--j-t2·d±c-e-s- on- a-l-a ck Firemen. We =- -are ..a\'1ar e of the test for Lieutenants, but in a time of an emergency men have been promoted wholesale from private to captains within a year, thus_ setting pr oper precedent. We consider this an emerge_n_cy ..-heG-al:t'Se-- -o-f tne overall discrimination in the department. White drivers are giving up their po&itions because they know future Lieutenants are going to be appointed by Chiefs.· This is true because in the last captain's test the aides of all the chief s dominated the list. Some of these Lieutenants didn't place in the top 40 on the Lieutenants list. Now they are captains .. ~ t I 0 V. EXPERIENCE AND LENGTH OF TI ME ON THE DEPARTMENT Acting officers. we feel that every Black Fi remen with the time and experience, equal to· any white firemen, should be . given .the opportunity , to be an ac~i ng office~: This ap~li~s to ~,tra driverso House d)ies should be picked accord i ng to sen10,:-J_ty . . . _ G.,.J . . \ s ~ -h;nv- c,,t.;x · VI. I · ·v v STNJDN~D SET OF RULES FOR ALL cAnArNS Each shift is operat ed different, captain authority has no limit. He forces personal prejudices on Black Firemen. Transfer of men to other stations. ( ~ I ' ~ ~ .A!~ FOR COrITACT: -- --· l Fireman William Hamer 195 Hermer Circle , N. W. Atlanta, Georg'ia 30311 - -elephon e - 794-2244 --- --- __ _ or -- -Fire Station 16 on C Shift Telephone 523-5786 . . ,~ ~ °'M/u . __________ · ·· I , . ,. ad _; �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 34

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  • Text: SJ '-' ! Au st J.8, 19 9 NDUM FROM: h • written • 1t ell to th of A 1 yor .A 11 n e u.b ittin bu r ti orandum Re rdin1 Dia<:ri -1 tio ntatt ~ n d to y:o-r d Fir D nt y r �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 42

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  • Text: RUL E S F I R E P R O MO T I O N B O A R D CITY Revised Harch 1967 OF ATLANTA �11. An examination for Fire Captain will be held annually and the register established will be valid for one year. 12. Examinations for all other classes of positions will be held when the Board deems a list necessary 9 and the registers established will be valid for one year. The life of such registers may be extended for an additional year if the Board deems it practical and expedient to do so. 13. Satisfactcry completion of a performance test of driving skill under the supervision of the Fire Training Chief is a prerequisite to applying for promotion to Fire Rescue Lieutenant. 14. When a man on an eligible register for a higher position than his present class declines an assignment which would allow him to act as an alternate for the higher position 9 his name will be moved down on the eligible list below the name of the man who accepts the assignment. 15. If a qualified eligible is serving io a permanent vacancy in a temporary capacity at the time of a new examination, he will not be required to take any further examination. 16. The Fire Alarm Superintendent will qualify men for the position of Fire Dispatcher and will furnish the Fire Promotion Board a list of qualified applicants and their grades. 17. Non-firefighting personnel desiring to return to firefi ghting must serve one year as full- pay Firemen before being eligible to comfe te in . promotional examinations. Members of the Training Division are considere d to be firefighting personnel. 18. Upon return to the Fire Department , reenployed Firemen ~ including those who were formerly on the eligible r e gister for Fire Lieutenant or other promotional registers, must serve one year as full-pay firemen before being eligible to compete in promotional examinations. 19. Seniority will be recognized by the addition to the final attained passing grade of ona-h a lf ( ½) point f or e c ch year of service in the Fire Department beyond the first five (5) years to a maximum of five (5) points in any case . For promotion to the rank of Captain and higher, s eniority will b2 recognized by giving one- half (!2) point for each year of service on next lower rank only, to a maximum of five (5) points. 20. In the e vent of a tie in final grades after addition of s eniori t y points, the man with the hi ghest s eniority will be plc}ce d highest on the e ligib l e register. If s enior ity points ar e the s ame 9 the man with the highest wr i tten grade will be placed hi ghe st on the e li gible regi ster . 21. Fire Department personnel serving i n t he armed f orces will accrua seniori t y as t hough serving in t he Fire Departr.1ent. 22. Fire Department pers onnel on mi l itary leeve may be given the promotional examination for which they are eligible and will be notified of the opening and closing dates of application for all examinations for classes to which they may apply. �23. Lin8men , reechinists , fire equipment mochanics, and fire carpenters may be qualified by th~ Personnel Department from open competitive registers. Fire Department personnel who qualify may be certified ahead of others on the list if desired. Fire Department personne l may be qualified by th e Personnel Department from promotional examinations from within the Fir€ Department. 24, A schedule of eligibility for promotion and who may apply for the various classes is shown in Table I. 25. Examinations will be conducted according to the schedule of weights and phases listed in Table II. �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 45

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  • Text: T ABL E I I ,, SCHEDULE OF EXAMINATION \
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 49

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  • Text: - -·-------------------. CITY OF ATLANTA 8 August 1969 , ·- . Memorandum Rcga~d i ng Di scrimination Agai nst Black Firemen Of Atl anta ·--==--- . . " ~ --· - Mayor I van Allen, Choirman Board of Firemas te rs-, Ai de rma-n_,__Wm. :. T• Knight and Atl anta Fire Chief Paul O. Wi l liams -~ . ,_____ ·. . To: __ _...:. .. • . Bl ack Firemen of Atlanta From: The Black fir efighter s o f Atlan t a ar e dedica t ed municipal emplo{ee ~, . I conc ern ed with the s af ety an d wel f are of ou r city and all of its citizens : · . Durin g t he years of our ten ure a s firemen we hav e been subjected to dis- ·-I crimina tion and abuse s a s outli ne d below. We request that imire diate -. , action be taken t o co rr ec t • t hes e pr actices, and t hat on or before Mond.ay, . August 18, 1969 that we rec ei ve a fo r mal report on your ac---t io·ns in cor~ ing the actions cited her ein : · / . ·, ._ !\ ... .,\ I. HIRING PRACT IC ES _ ·. ..:;] ,;_ (-=-~ -~ - . ,. .. . j • Th e ratio of Bl ack Firemen to White Firemen does not - - to th·e population of Bl ac k citi zens in Atlanta. There ~a·re.._ about 90 to 100 Black Firemen in a department 6f more than 900 men. Blac k--Ei=emen that are drafted i nt o th e armed servic~s ar e replaced by _white fi r emen I I. SEGREGAT ED SLEEP ING & LOCKER AO.RANGEMENTS J Locker s and bed s of Bla ck Firemen are placed in the back or away from the white fi remen . III. RE CREAT ION CLUB The membersh i p was closed t he y ear Bla ck Fi r~men were hir ed in .t963 . Land was g iven t c the club by t}e I.V. ~ PROMOT I ONAL DI SCRI MI NAT ION ~e:;~.~ ~ l.fo · . a.J'! 143.215.248.55J.. )a cr es)l ~ 1 1 w..:;a.... - i - Black Firemen should be includ ed in every department. Whi t _~,..J.i t.§?~ ~ r.1en wi th le ss time and experienc e are pro mot ed·-to -d;r--i -ver pos it ions. tHack Fi r er.1 f n with 5 and 6 yea r s should be promoted to Lieutenants-;··· because the -entire officer cabinet i s mad e uo of all white officers. Most of these off i ~g_s_h_ay___e_h_e.e.n__k\Am t o f o :r-e--e--t---h-e±r--p-r--e-juu'-:tc-e-s- on - Brack Firemen • 1,'/ e aie--awar e of th e test f or Lieut enants , bu t in a time of an emergency men h ave been promot ed wh ol e sale from priva t e to captains within a year , thus_ s et t ing prop er pre cedent. \'le consider this an emerge_o_cy ..beG-attSe--o--f tne over all discrimi nation i n t he depart ment . White drivers are giving up their pos i tions because t hey know future Lieut enants are going to be appointed by Ch i efs. · This i s true because in the last captain's test the aides of all th e chief s dominated the list. Some of t hese Lieutenants didn't place in t he top 40 on t he Lieutenants list. Now they are captains . V. f EXP!:R IENCE AND LE NGTH OF TI ME ON THE DEPARTMENT Actin g officer i, ·we f eel that every Black Firemen with the time and experienc e , equal t o any whi t e firemen, should be . given the opportunity to be an ac!ing of f_ice:r:: This apJ?li~s to.f;;tra drivers. House d~ies shou l d be picked acco r ding to sen1.or1. ty. ~ \ \·<; ft-I21v-o r.f/V' ut.io ) VI. STAtJDARD SET OF RULES FOR ALL C INS Eich shift i s opera t ed differen t, captain authority has no limit. He f orces personal pre judices on Black Fi r emen . Transfer of ~en to other stat ions. ( ~~ ~ ~ At_ /,J a{!j FOR CONT ACT: Fi rem an Wi 11 i am Hamer 7 7 v-i 195 Herrn er Circ le , N. W. .---- - - . _ Atlanta, Ge or gia 30311 ___ _____ elephone - 79 4- 2244 or ..-----t • Fire Station 16 on C Shift Telephone 523 a 5786 vL-f) • • • ~ - r)/J ' ~ =---·-- · · · - - '- I \. .. . �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 50

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  • Text: ....._ ___ ... - - . ___. . .DEPARTMENT of FIRE 46 COURTLAND ST., S. E. Atlanta, Georgia P.O. WILLIAMS . CHIEF AUJUSt 15, 1969 demo to: A11 Pc rs onnG 1 Fror:i: Chief of Firt:: Su~j~ct: Reiteration of Fir~ D~partmcnt Policies J8part,:12nt Fi re Departr.1~ ni.: of f i Ci:rs s.aa i I aciJr2ss the fi r01;,en und:: r ti1 .:: i r coITl!7iand by t:wir surnar.1;;:; s. Fi re:.ien sha11 ad;.;ress oy rank. t 118i r su ~,~ ri or offi c 2rs or acting offi c1::rs Qualified m8n will b~ assigned on a rotat ing ~asis to th~ capacity as acting officer or ~xt ra apparatus o~crator. Fill-ins will also oe don~ o~ rotating basis with consist2nt records kept at each cnnin8 hous e on an indivi dua l shift basis as cpposcu to a sta t ion. by orde;r of. POl>J: 11 a "HELP SAVE LIFE AND PROPERTY BY PREVENTING FIRES" �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 51

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  • Text: ·OEPARTMENT of FIRE 46 COU RTLAN D S T,, ~ - E . A tl a n ta , G e o rg ia P.O . WILLI AMS CHIEF Augu s t 15, 1969 Ho~orab l e Ivan All e~, Jr. Mayor , City of At l :111 t a · City. Ha ll At lant a, Ge orgi a 30 303 De a r ~iayor A1fon : 1 ~le have been d~ali ng v,i it h Co1.1munity Rel ations and ha ve accepted so1·,1e of t heir · su ggesti ons r e l at i ve to e l i mi na t i ng some probl e~s. Var i ous polic i es and f act s pe r t ai ni ng to th i s de partme nt a r e att ached . It is i nterest i n~ to nnt P t h~ f oll owi ng excer pt frc m t he Repor t of the Un i ted States Crn;i111i ss -ion on Civil Ri gi1 t s 196 9, 2n titlcd Fer /\11 th e Pe op l e . .. By A"ll t h2 Peop 1e v1hi ell has just n ~a che d t i1i s off"i ce : 11 D esp i t e t he ~e la t ed ad·ni ss i on of f i r eme n i nt o t he At l ant a de;; ar t men t an d t he e l ab orat e procedu res which sur r ound ed t he i r i ntrod uct i on~ t he At l anta Fi r e Dep artmen t had a 1ar.ge r propo rt i on of ;·1egroes i n unifo rm th an any ot h•:! r cen tra l city i n t he s ur vey and a lii gher de gre e of i nte grat i on t han many. 11 · ~Je are in the process of r e-v1rit i ng th e Ru l es and Reg ul at ions of the At l an ta Fi r e Depa rtme nt to e l i mi nat e any i neq ui t i es i n t he ol d 0 0 0k, to e l i ~in ate any possi bility of disc r i mi nat i on or t ~e possi bil ity of any office r ove r-reactin g 1-J it h aut hority . As soon as th i s has been comp l et ed, it ·,'l il l be presente d t o t :1e Boar d of Fi re Masters f or t he i r approval and adopt i on . He t'l oul d li ke t o s t r ess t i1at any fireman wh o has gri evan ces ; has t hree met hods by wh ic h to ai r t he1:1 i n t rii s office : by comp l et i ng a For:n 52 (S pe ci al Reques t) , go t hrough t he Company Office rs and Bat ta lion Chi ef, or by use of a Suggest ion · Fonn availab l e in all s t at ion s. Any j us t i f i ab l e gr i e van ces ~v ill oe stra i ghtened out. You r s very truly, r - a tLld2£t.,,<",<.4~ O. HILLI AMS, Chief Atlanta Fi r e De~a rtr.1ent POW: ll a Enclosure cc: Mr. W. T. Kn i gJ.'l t , Chairman Board of Fire f·la:;ters "HELP SA VE LIFE AND PROPERTY B Y PREVEN TING FIRES" �The Atlanta ~ire Department's only interest is in the protection of lives and property from fire. The ~itizens of Atlanta should hav,2 and deserve tile best fire protection av_ail ab l e. In order to accomr, lisi1 t11is, we r:1ust have the best trained, qualified, and experien ced pe rsonne l in responsi ble positions regardl ess of race, creectj or color. Fire Depart11ent officers hi p mus t have le2de rship. One cannot gain leadership if standards have to be lm--:ered so one can qualify. Subordinates will not look upon such an officer as a l eader. Life and property is at stake . Decisions and actions of a fire officer are based on knov1l ed:;ie and experience of t he job. Therefore, standards and qu alifications must be kept high. Rather than lower the standards, they should be rais ed. PROMOTIONAL POLICIES: Promotions in t he Fire Depart:11ent are made according to merit and fitness. The promotional system of the ,ll.t l anta Fire Deriartment is set by lavJ. Anyone meetin~ the qualifying s tandards as set f orth by tile Promotional Board will be promoted regar dl es s of race, creed , or color. We will not and do not discrimin at e for or agains t anyone meeting the qualifying standards of th is system. Promotion ai exai11i r,a Liuns ro r Fire Li 2utcnc.nts :::.r2 h21d 2vcr~! t\-:o years. To qualify, a man must have had five years service in the Fire Depa rtm2 nt. After t he examin ation , t he app lican ts are li st ed accordino to their scores from a combin ation of th2 \ffitten t es t , training sch ool average, and seniority points. This list is divided into gr.ou ps of 20 . The first 20 men ure rated at oral intervi ews , and t his score is added to their gr ades from the above three items. Promotions from t his list are made in order of t he applicant's fina l score . So far , the firs t 7 men have been promoted from the Li eutenant 's examinati on he ld i n March of 1969 . The first black fire~en started to work in April 1% 3, so t hat this is t he f irst year (1 969 ) any of them have been eli gibl e to apply f or promotion to Li euten ant. There were 153 a.pp licants of v1hom 6 v1ere bl ack. The firs t bl c.ck ar plicant is i n the 6th gro up of 20 or approxi mately position 102 on t he list. 9 .· Promoti ans to Fi re Apparatus Ope r ator are made by appoin t ment . The Captain at each station makes t hese sel ections subj ect to the app roval of t he Battali on Ch i ef. The me n must r,ave iiad at l east two year5 service with the Fire Department and have passed tne required driving t ests at the Training School. There are nine black firemen in these positions. �;. HIRING PRACTICES: Eligible lists for Fitemen are established every week after the weekly i ntervi ev,s. (During ~-larc h, Apri 1, and July of t his year, i ntervi e~vs were he 1d every t vJo ~,,eeks.) As vacancies occur, the Fi re Department calls the men on a list in the order of th eir scores . Each pe rson on the ,·ist of a certain date is contacted and offered '2!:tp loyment before movin g to the next chro nological list. On ce a man is on the eligible list, he is not by-passed unl ess t he Fire Depa rtment is unable to contact him by tele ph one or letter. Through July 25, of this year, 60 wh ite men were put on the eliJi ble list and 57 black men. Of these, 45 white men have been employe d and 41 blac k men. · Of the 86 7 men in the extinguishin g division , over 19% or 165 are black. rli ne of these are Fi re Apparatus Ope rators and 25 are on r,·ii 1i tary Leave. Fireme n that l ea ve th e department for military service are reinstated whe n they return (this is a Fede r al Law) and are usually returned to t he same station fr om 1vhi ch t hey left. RECRE.l'ff IOi··I CLUB: In Janu ary of 1959, a ~roup of firemen le ased a 5. 7 acre tract of land at Lake All atoona fro m t .1e government and orga niz ed a clu o wh ic h ~as call ed At l anta Firenen's Re creat i on Clu b. However , the . Fire Depa rtme nt nor t he City of Atl anta has any juris diction over t he activiti es of tilis club. It is a priv ate organization cont roll ed by a Boa rd of Tru st ees composed of e leven men, wh o adh ere to the wis he s of t he maj ority of t he members) and is supported entirely by du es pai d by the members and ma intained t hrou gh volunteer services of the membe rs. �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 52

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  • Text: RUL E S F I R E P R O MO T I O N B O A R D CITY Revised l1arch 1967 OF ATLANTA �11. An examination for Fire Captain will be held annually and the register established will be valid for one year. 12. Examinations for all other classes of positions will be held when the Board deems a list necessary~ and the registers established will be valid for one year. The life of such registers may be extended for an additional year if the Board deems it practical and expedient to do so. 13. Satisfactory completion of a performance test of driving skill under the supervision of the Fire Training Chief is a prerequisite to applying for promotion to Fire Rescue Lieutenant. 14. When a man on an eligible registe r for a higher position thau his present class declines an assignment which would allow him to act as an alternate for the higher position ~ his name will be moved down on the eligible list below the name of the man who accepts the assignment. 15. If a qualified eligible is serving in a permanent vacancy in a temporary capacity at the time of a new examination, he will not be required to take any further examination. 16. The Fire Alarm Superintendent will qualify men for the position of Fire Dispatcher and will furnish the Fire Promotion Board a list of qualifie d applicants and their grades. 17. Non-fi refi ghtin g pe rsonnel desiring to return to fir e fi ght i n g must serve one year as full-pay Firemen before being eli gible to comp e t e in promotiona l e xami nations. Membe rs of the Training Division are conside r e d to be firefighting personne l. 18. Upon re turn to the Fire Dep a rtment, r ee~ployed Firemen , including thos e who were forme rly on the eli gible r e gister for Fire Lieut enant or oth e r pr omotiona l r e gisters , must serve one year as full - pay fire men before be ing eligible to compe t e in promotional e xar:1inations. 19. Seniority will be r e co gnized by the addition to the final at t aine d pass ing grade of one-h a lf ( ½) po in t fo r c~ch year of s e rvice in the Fi r e Department beyond the fi r st five (5) years to a maximum of five (5) points in a~y cas e. For promotion to th e r ank of Cap tai n and h i gher.., s enior i t y will b z r e co gniz e d by giving one-h a lf (!2) point fo r each year of s e rvice on next lower r ank only , to a max i mum of f i ve (5) point s. 20. I n t he event of a t i e in fi nn l grades a f ter ad0ition o f s eni ority po ints , the man with t he hi ghe s t s en i ority wi l l be placed highes t on the eligib le regis te r . I f s enio rity po int s are the s ame, t he man with the hi ghes t written grade will be placed highe s t on the eligible regis ter. 21. Fire Department personnel s erving in the armed forces will accru2 seniority as though serving in the Fire Department. 22. Fire Department personnel on military leeve may be given the promotional examination for which they are eligible and will be notified of the opening and closing dates of application for all examinations for classes to which they may apply. �23. Linemen , machinists , fire equipment mechan1.cs, and fire carpenters may be qualifiGd by th~ Pe rsonnel Department from open comp etitive registers, Fire Department personnGl who qualify may be ce rtified ahe ad of others on the list if desired . Fire Department personne l may be qualified by the Personne l Department from promotional examina tions from within the Fire Department. 24. A schedule of eligibility for promotion and who may apply for the various classes is shown in Table I. 25. Examinations will be conducted according to the schedule of weights and phas es liste d in Table II. �T A BL E I SCHEDULE OF ELIGIBILITY FOR PROMOTION FOR PROMOTION TO ; WHO MAY APPLY: Fire AppBratus Operator Firemen who have completed two years of service. Fire Rescue Lieutenant All fire fighting personnel who have completed five years of service in the Fire Department. Fire Dispa tcher All fire fighting personnel who have completed five years of service in the Department and have had one yenr of service in the Signal Division of the Fire Department. Fire Lieutenant All fire fighting personnel who have co1;1pleted five years of service in the Department. Fire Captain Fire Lieutenants with a t least 3 years' service as Lieutenant. Fire Drill Instructor, Chief All Fire Captains Fire Battalion Chief Fire Captains with at least 3 years ' service as Captain. First Deputy & Deputy Fire Chief All Fire Battalion Chiefs Fire Investigator I All fire fighting personnel and fire dispatchers who h ave completed five years of service in the Fire Department. Fire Investigator II Fire Investigators with one year of service as an Investigator. Assistant Fire Marshal Fire Investigators with 3 years' service as Investigator. Fire Marshal Assistant Fire Marshals aud Fire Investigators with 3 years' service. �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 62

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  • Text: J . W. PINKSTON , JR . Executive Director WESTON 0 . BERGMAN , J R. Assistant Director DOUGLAS B. KENDRICK, M. D. Medical Direc tor FRED M. WALKER Consu ltant ROBERT E. CUNDIFF Assistant Director §ra4), '-Memorial filos1Ji· t'.a' J uJ u (; 80 BUTLER STREET. MARY F. WOODY, R.N . Assis tant Directo r- Directo r of Nursing ,,;i;1--, {: · ~ s. E .. ATLANTA. GEORGIA 30303 m
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 63

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  • Text: 4, 1969 Decem Fire Chi~ City ot tlanta 46 Courtland Street Atlan , Georg:ta S. E. Dear Sir: a Lut Digbt, our ..a.a_ w thoug):lt ala1:a box 80\lm.tlG.. al&ra. W\114 li Station 29 to p;preoiattcm to the lf!!ltffl"l!tA-1 rupoDled to eourtec)IJ.8ma&m. aentc. CCI n.re 1n our bu:UcU out, tb1 vu As 1 t turned call in fflll!!!ml!'m. ~ quick and �
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Box 1, Folder 14, Document 1

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  • Text: �I NT R ODUCT I ON This report covers a short study of fire alarm boxes for 10 of the 11 largest cities in the State. This evaluation covers the effectiveness of the fire alarm box as part of the communication system for fire calls. Box coverage per 1,000 population is compared to total boxes in each city. Further comparison is made with false alarms to total alarms received through the fire alarm boxes in each city. GMA wishes to acknowledge the rapid response of Fire Chiefs Carl Callaway, Thomas Eberhart, J . G. Fitzgerald, C. W. Ford, Dewey B. Foster, J.M. Kidd, A. D. Nixon, J. R. Parham, W. A. Register and Howard C. Schaffer, also the fire department staffs of each city who kindly completed this information and provided their many combined years of e xperience in the evaluation of this communication device. Equal appreciation goes to the entire GMA Staff who individually contributed to the development of this report. It is intended that this brief yet concise piece of basic information will contribute to improved effectiveness in municipal fire service. Jerry A. Singer Director of Research May, 1969 W. Elmer George, Executive Director - 1 - �FIRE ALARM BOX USE A Survey of Georgia's Largest Cities The fire chiefs of Georgia's ten largest cities 1 favor the continued use of fire alarm boxes. Although false alarm rates are high the boxes are still considered the most effective and fastest means of communication to a fire department. The many valid calls received through the fire boxes result in the saving of lives _and property value. ,. This leaves the false alarms in the necessary nuisance ca~egory. =TOTAL ALA RMS (Fire Boxes) FALSE ALARMS (Fire Bo~es) 320 160 'i§' I A VJrr, § J c;~ §' ~rr, ~ .,_,'11 (,j § .::,OiJ ~ -c,rr, ~ - 2 - I .f ..., .,_,'11 I "" ~ I., ~ - .q; ~""' l.:iJ I' ~ .,_,rr, • !'o ~ ~ �The survey revealed suggestions that boxes be removed from residential areas. Another a.rea in which fire alarm boxes do not appear useful are certain industries with private alarm and sprinkler systems in use, Several chiefs feel the conversion to a telephone alarm system might be better, but the costs are prohibitive. Savannah uses such a system through which the fire department, police department, or an ambulance can be summoned. ,. For 212 such boxes, Savannah pays a yearly rental of $11,448. According to a report by the International City Managers' Association, the proper placing of fire alarm boxes in a city is important in effective fire control and in ·2 reducing false alarms . Downtown office buildings are high value areas in which telephones cannot be reached at night. at two block intervals. It is recommended that fire boxes be placed High life hazard areas, such as schools, nursing homes, and hospitals, should be adequately covered. areas where telephones are numerous. Fire boxes should be removed from residential Slum areas are an obvious ex ception, since there are few av ailable t1elephone s . According to the National Fire Protective Association 10% of all fires in the United States account f or 90 % of a ll property damage loss. It appears that the high value area s a r e most in ne ed of easily reached fire alarm bo xes . This is further substan- tia t ed by the assigning of deficiency points by the American Insurance Association . Conce r ning f ire alarm bo xes , t he AI A ass i gns a maximum of 20 points fo r residential areas , 67 points fo r prin cipal business distr i cts and 40 points fo r other high v alue areas, 3 Some cities have g r e atly reduced the ir pe rce ntage of fals e alarms b~ various me-ans , Washington, D. C. reduced false a l a rms 45% in one month thr ough an intens ive e ducati on project with the public school children. Publicity given to the arrest and conviction of a few false alarm violato r s s uccessfully reduced the overall false alarms in one c i ty, Arr es t of the guil ty was a result of cameras placed on t h r ee of t he city's fire I a l a r m boxes , - 3 - �I Norfolk, Virginia found that 51% of all false alarms were placed on the weekends when children were out of school. Relocation of certain boxes greatly reduced the false alarms. To receive the largest benefit from fire alarm boxes -- Consider: 1. What area needs the protection of fire boxes? 2. Where can fire boxes be eliminated and relocated? To reduce the percentage of false alarms -- Determine: 1. Which boxes are most affected? 2. In those areas with most false alarms are telephones nearby? 3. Would these high false alarm boxes be more effective in another part of town? Another valid consideration might be the box es in use per 1,000 population. Use the following charts to see how your city compares. 1 At l anta Excluded. 2 11Fire Alarm Communicati ons 11., Management Information Service. December 196?. 3Ibid - 4 - (Report 28?) �1. Savannah . Columbus Macon Augusta Albany Athens ~rietta East Point Rome Valdosta Boxes per 1,000 population - 5 - �250 (/) (I) X 0 ..0 E 150 '- ro -ro (l) '·- 50 LL l ,§' ~,, A § ff § §"-'"' (,i ~ cJ"' .::,Co S' <,,,, s- ~ ~ ~ I Ill ,.., J' 0~ . "-' ,Ill ,.,'/Of ~ ~ ,..,,,, '(/J ~~ "-', ti, I ~ A-"' fq,,, I 135 127 126 64 85 43 . POP U. LAT IO (THOUSANDS) - 6 - 37 ij 37 33 32 �NAME OF CITY & NO. FIRE ALARM BOXES IN CITY NO. OF FIRE CALLS NO. VALID FIRE CALLS ANSWERED AS RESULT OF FIRE ALARM BOX COST OF FIRE ALARM BOXES TO CITY ARE BOXES RENTED? WHO DOES CITY PAY FOR RENTAL OF FIRE ALARM LINES? IF COST IS ADDITIONAL TO ANY OF PREVIOUS COSTS·, STATE HOW MUCH IS PAID PER YEAR FOR LINE RENTAL Albany 127 154 29 $145.00, $190.00 Auxiliary Side or Master Box No Athens 75 41 11 $200.00 Varies No Augusta 210 84 . 55 $34,236.72 Annual Yes None None Columbus 241 394 152 $200.00 No None None East Point 190 302 182 $172.50 No None Macon 182 366 323 $250.00 (Box Only) No None Mariet t a 172 106 39 $250.00 No None 84 26 $250.00 No Savannah 212 (Street Boxes) 157 (Year 1968) 89 Valdosta 98 83 15 Rome 115 $243.30 - 7 - City Owned None None Yes Telephone Co . $4.50 pe r mo. per box $11,448 per yr. No None None City Owned �C O MME N T S "I feel every means possible should be used for the public to summon help in an emergency such as fire , Alarm boxes have been used for other emergencies other than fires. I think they are necessary. The most efficient emergency alarm equipment for the general public are emergency telephone boxes, but they are too e xpensive for most fire departments to install and the recurring charges are too high," - "It is necessary to properly maintain the system that carries the fire alarm boxes, service them and test them often . I know of no better way to have a fire alarm system." "Fire constitutes the most destructive force encountered in an Urban Community. And yet, it is -the most easily controlled when dealt with in its incipient stages . The gene r al public can sound a Fire Alarm quickly and easily by operating the PULL LEVER on the alarm bo x. A coded signal automatically flashes to the Fire Dep ar tment in seconds . Complete fire defences are responding immediately. We very definitely need them and they are effective even with the rate of False Ala rms . " "A Munic ipal Fire Alarm System is reliable means of notifyi ng a fire department that a fir e emergency exists. The r e are two ba sic elements in the communication. requirements of a modern fire dep artment: ( a) An e f fec tive system of rapid communications between the operating units of the depa rtment . (b ) The devices which provide for pr omp t reporting of fi r es to the depar tment up on dis covery . (A) It is necess ary f or fire depar tmen t office rs t o be able t o communica te r ap i dly with the offic e r s in charge of individual fi r e commands. The se offi cer s i n turn must keep in t ouch with fire h e adquarters . A mean s of c a lling of f- du ty firemen t o duty with mi nimum de lay when emer gency demand s , It i s al so desirable that the c ommunicat i ons s y s t em permi t a f ire department t o c ontac t departments in neighboring communiti es . For the s e v a rious purp os e s a ll forms of communication are us ed in one way or a no ther, i ncl uding radi o , telephone and telegraphic equipment and me s s enger . s e rvice. (B) The second basic element of fire department communications is the provision of means whereby a person di s covering a fire may promptly report it to the fi r e department , utilizes the telephone, and the municipal street box fire alarm system . The Ame r i can Insur ance Association grading schedule assigns the communicatioti and f ire a l arm sys t em five hundred fifty of 5,000 possible defic i ency points . Ther e - 8 - �is some questions whether such a high percentage of the total points should be assigned to the street box system and related equipment, the purpose of the grading schedule is to measure factors involved in large fires or conflagrations. Actual fire experience shows that delayed alarms have resulted in many important fires in the large loss class. Street fire alarm box systems are used in three out of five communities of · more than 5,000 population in some areas of the United States. This ratio is much higher in some parts of the country where 9 out of 10 cities of more than 5,000 population have fire alarm systems. Fire department communications and public fire alarm systems are supplemented by private fire alarm and supervisory systems. Before a city discontinues their fire alarm system they should determine the effect removal will have on fire insurance rates within the city, Compare cost of leased service and municipal owned systems. The effect of delayed alarms , " "I do not think that there is any faster or more positive means for a department to receive and respond to an alarm. However, I feel that if we could cut out the unnecessary street boxes, this would definitely cut down on our false alarms, as over 50% of our box alarms in 1968 were false." "In determining a city's classification according to American Insurance Association we must have fire alarm boxes. Due to the number of false alarms, I'm sure there must be a better way. Yes, this is a needed thing." "We do nee d fire alarm boxes. They are effective. American Insurance Association requirement." There is no better way. "Under the present insurance grading schedule, it is almost mandatory to have fire alarm boxes to achieve a low b ase i nsurance rating. For the transmission of fire alarms, they are effective. But, in my opinion , the high cost of procurement, installation and maintenance for the number of valid alarms transmitted does not justify the expense, taking into consideration that the majority of homes and business areas have telephone service , Also, most cities have police patrol cars with radios at all times f or transmission of fire calls." "I think the f ire alarm b ox in our residential areas is becoming less effective each year, be cause the number of alarms is gradually getting smaller each year. Also, many of t he residents do not know the location of their nearest alarm box be cause they depend on the telephone f or reporting fires. I do think that our buildings with automatic sprinkler and other systems should have an alarm box connected wi th the fire department for several reasons which I will not go into . I think we could have a better system but it would be expensive to make the change over. " - 9 - �"The telephone fire alarm system, in my opinion, is most effective in that the exact locations of fires and what is burning can be reported with fire equipment being dispatched accordingly. Phones in the fire alarm boxes are also used for emergencies other than fire such as for police, ambulance, etc." - 10 - ��
  • Tags: Box 1, Box 1 Folder 14, Folder topic: Fire department | 1968-1969
  • Record Created: April 18, 2017
  • Record Updated: December 29, 2017

Box 1, Folder 14, Document 6

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  • Title: Box 1, Folder 14, Document 6
  • Text: Sir: Wi t hin the next f ew week there will be t wo retirements in the Atlanta Fire Department. The Chief and 1st Asst Chief. 0 We have a Alderman on the Board of Firernasters that has a personal friend who he wants to make Chief of the department. This would be fine if he was the most qualified man. This Alderman is more interested with his personal gains than with the city interesto The Chief of the Atlanta Fire Depart ment is a very i mportant position and with times like they are today it would be a shame for the Mayor and Board of Firemasters to sit back and l et this Alderman appoint his friend brother when there is better mateeial available. Why not interview some of the Division Heads in the Fire Department and select the most qualified man. Speak up, do not let t his Alderman lower the moral of the department anymore. Such things as this is why the moral is so low in the Fire Department today . The other Chief Officers i n t he dapartment wi ll not even be cons idered for this position because they do not have a brot her who is connected with this Alderman. �
  • Tags: Box 1, Box 1 Folder 14, Folder topic: Fire department | 1968-1969
  • Record Created: April 18, 2017
  • Record Updated: December 29, 2017