Today in Detroit Fire History – June 3, 1951
On June 3, 1951 the department was advertising for new fire fighters.
Applicants had to be between 5’8″ and 6’2″ tall and weigh between 140 and 190 pounds.
Pay for a newly hired firefighter was $3,413. A full paid man made $4,127. For comparison, the average household income was $3,515. The average cost of a new house was $9,000, a new car $1,500.
A pay increase of $250 to $286 would go into effect on July 1st, the beginning of the city’s fiscal year.
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