Box 1, Folder 15, Document 19

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Box 1, Folder 15, Document 19

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STATEMENT BY CHIEF C. H. HILDEBRAND
Mr. Martin 1 s statement is erroneous and is a clear
design to mislead the public.
The fire call at 2 Broad Street Monday was answered in

minutes. ------- pieces
of equipment with
men answered the call.

of the firefighters were new personnel,
but they performed one hundred percent effectively under the
direction of career, first line supervision and alongside loyal
and experienced firemen of many years experience .
The fire was brought under control in
and extinguished in

minutes.
minutes
There was never any
danger of the fire spreading and it was under the complete control
of the Atlanta Fire D e partment at e v e ry mome nt.
The citizens of Atlanta will not be paniced by false and
inflamato r y statements that the city is in grave danger of burning
up b ecau se of l ack of firefighting p ers onne l.
This simply is not
true .
All stations in s e rvice,

of
32, aT e ade quate ly
�manned and are supervised by the city's most experienced and dedicated
firemen.
New men are being employed and trained daily.
Since the
walkoff of some 500 firemen on
back
firefighter staff ~ u p from

, we have built the
-~------ to --------
The public should keep the facts clearly in their minds at
all times.
If there is a reduction in fire protection, it is the result
of former Captain Martin and his followers deserting their posts,
refusing the order of the Fire Chief and the order of the Fulton
Superior Court to return to their jobs.
It was Mr. Martin who refused to accept the city's action
increasing pay and reducing hours January l, 1966.
It was Mr. Martin
who refused to accept Dr. Harrison's recommendations and broke
off negotiations with the Board of Aldermen.
Mr . Martin and many other former employees of the City
Fire Department failed to appear before the Board of Firemasters
to even expl ain their actions or answer charges of d ereliction of duty,
failure to obey the order of the Chief or of the Court.
no further choice.
City of Atlan ta.
The city had
They were fired as called for by the laws of the
�Since these men, by their actions, have chosen not to work
for the Atlanta Fire Department, I call on them to refrain from
continued harrassment of normal fire department operations and of
the general public, and allow us to rebuild the Fire Department with
those men who desire to serve their city in this area of
responsibility.

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