HFD Enters A New Era
On October 17, 1961, the sprawling Globe discount store at 3030 Woodridge was destroyed by fire. Two hundred customers and employees were able to escape from the 100,000-square-foot steel and concrete building. It took firefighters four hours to extinguish the five-alarm blaze. Loss was $5-million.
At the beginning of 1963, a third shift was created and reduced the average work week of the firefighters from 60 hours to 56 hours. Firefighters now worked three 10-hour days, three 14-hour nights, and then were off three full days. One hundred, two promotions were made to cover the extra shift.
A new mayor was elected in 1964, and Chief Bullock was out. The new mayor picked Deputy Chief Joe Lobue once again as fire chief. A dispute between the mayor and Chief Lobue grew near the end of the year, and Lobue resigned. Assistant Fire Chief W. O. Hunter was named fire chief after the resignation, and Lobue returned to deputy chief.