09/27/08 93 W, 1 I - + 11 - 7 RFD & RPD Job Applicants, 1944


Random history bit. On January 29, 1944, written civil service examinations were given at Memorial Auditorium for jobs in the Raleigh fire department and police departments. Two positions were open in each department. The applicants totalled 62. By way of contrast, 24 positions were open in the fire department last year and the number of test-takers totalled about 380. With some simple math, that's 31 per position then and 16 per position now. Though not quite apples to apples. Annual starting salaries for firefighters were $1,500 (or slightly higher) then and $31,117 now.
 

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