Appointed as Chief Officer by the Mitcham Urban District Council at the start of 1920, Albert G. Wells introduced retaining fees and remunerations for firemen, so ending the completely voluntary basis for the service.
From the minutes of the
Fire Brigade, Lighting, Allotments and Recreation Committee
Tuesday, June 11th, 1920
pages 86 to 89
4. Chief Officer’s Report – The following report was submitted:-Central Fire Station London Road Mitcham June 11th, 1920
I beg to present the following report for your consideration :-
Station no. 1 the Central Fire Station
Name Position Fees W. Jordan Station Officer £20 p.a. J. Jordan Sub-Officer £5 p.a. B. Tapping Fireman 1st Class 3s. J. Schneider Fireman 1st Class 3s. F. Harris Fireman 1st Class 3s. R. Marshall Fireman 2nd Class 2s. 6d. W. Fenton Fireman 2nd Class 2s. 6d. L. Ephgrave Fireman 2nd Class 2s. 6d. V. Broadbridge Fireman 2nd Class 2s. 6d. G. Marsh Fireman 2nd Class 2s. 6d. A. Timpson Driver 3s. F. Cannon Driver 3s. T. Pugh Driver 3s.
Station no. 2 in Colliers Wood
Name Position Fees F. Hollands Station Officer £20 p.a. S. Thorogood Sub-Officer £5 p.a. A. Kimber Fireman 1st Class 3s. W. Saker Fireman 1st Class 3s. E. Broadbridge Fireman 1st Class 3s. F. Brookes Fireman 1st Class 3s. W. Webb Fireman 1st Class 3s. H. Potter Driver 3s. E. Jones Driver 3s.
The remunerations to firemen and drivers were for the first hour. For the second hour, a 1st class fireman and driver would be paid 2s. 6d., then 2s. for each hour after that. Whereas 2nd class firemen would get 2s. for the second hour and 1s 9d. for subsequent hours.
Remuneration for a fire drill was 2s.
These fees are approximately in 2016:
1920 amount 2016 value 1s. 9d. £4 2s. £4 60p 2s. 6d. £5 75p 3s. £7 £5 £230 £20 £920
Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Urban District Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.