04/27/09 290 W - + 20 - 17 Early Incentives to Join Fire Companies

From Fire Protection in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, by Philip P. Green Jr., and published in 1949 by the Institute of Government at UNC Chapel Hill: "The state's first general law dealing with fire protection was the offering of an inducement to join volunteer [fire] companies. In 1829, the General Assembly declared that in return for such service, volunteer firemen would be exempted from militia duty, except in case of war, insurrection, or invasion. In 1870, the General Assembly provided that citizens serving as firemen for seven consecutive years should thereafter be exempted from jury duty and from militia duty except in time of insurrection or invasion. In 1883, this was extended to provide that no member of a fire company should be required to serve as juror.

"Inducements of a different type were provided by the General Assembly in 1891, when it created a state firemen's relief fund, to be used for relief of firemen 'who may be injured or rendered sick by disease contracted in the actual discharge of duty as firemen, and for the relief of widows, children, and if there be no widow or children, the dependent mothers of such firemen.' Originally dependent upon state appropriations, this fund was augmented in 1907 by proceeds of a tax on all fire insurance companies doing business in the state, based upon the amount of premiums they collected. Five percent of this money was turned over to the State Fireman's Association for general purposes and the remainder distributed to local relief funds over the state. In 1917, all cities were granted the power to set up a fund for relief of firemen and police men 'who have become superannuated, disabled, or injured in such service.'"

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