“Go west, young man!” “
FOLLOWING the highest thinking trend in our minds recently, here is a shining example of how to do it.
The City of Minneapolis Fire Department is taking over the rescue work and insurance interests are disbanding the fire patrol, according to a news clipping that recently reached my office.
There was a whole story related to this event, and I wrote to what I assumed was the right source of information and if I don’t tell you the whole story, it’s not my fault.
Some people just don’t like writing letters.
I received a very nice letter from our dear friend. Dr Harry M. Archer, and he reports his constant pleasure in reading this column and also his considerable improvement in health, for these two news items which we thank.
This Emergency Council that I mentioned recently, organized a county-wide disaster appeal monster the other day, rolling 20 units, in cooperation with the local chapter of the American Red Cross. . Considerable benefits have been gained, in particular what could be done to expedite such calls, via police radio, we have the fullest cooperation from the various police chiefs in the county.
The first emergency squad of the fire department turns several miles around (which was incidentally the first rescue corps in a volunteer FD in the United States) wrapped in beautiful new white overalls, with their names appropriately embroidered on the back. Quite an innovation in these pieces and looked very pragmatic. Especially nice when you’re answering a call and having to work under pressure in the mud with your Sundav-go-to appointments turned on.
And, speaking of volunteer emergency squads (oh, they sprout like mushrooms or dandelions, all over the country), what do you think of the following as a list of equipment?
Two axes with a pickaxe head, one ax with a flat head. two carpenter’s pliers, one wedge-tipped crowbar, two square points. D-handle shovels, two round-point long-handled shovels, a six-inch hoist, a 10-pound sled, two hacksaws. assorted blades, an all-purpose wood saw. 800ft assorted strings, pipe wrench. 24 inches. 1 ditto. 36 inch, two sets of flares and flags, one set of assorted cold scissors, one set of matching socket wrenches, assorted 20 foot chains, one auxiliary stretcher, two sets, arm and leg braces, two gas masks, a pair of rubber gloves, two blankets (folded the Ackerman way), a pair of insulated wire cutters, two first aid kits of 36 units, one tannic acid spray kit, one group first aid kit of 50 to 75 people. four additional woolen blankets (also folded Ackerman way), six. 12 × 18 foot reclaimed blankets, tar paper roll. beam of slats, various salvage tools, hammer, nails, etc. A 21/2 gal. Foam fire extinguisher, one gallon carbon tetrachloride type.
East this a fully equipped platform or is this. I hesk you!
Well, sir, only one thing is missing, and I won’t tell you what it is, but I will say it would be a worthy “PinchHitter” for the last two elements, and I say it with no apologies to the “town crier” of Here are readers, The fame of radio and cinema. Can you guess what the item is?
Besides, I had no difficulty obtaining this information, and it proves that the mail circulates regularly between here and Minneapolis, because it comes from the “Box 45 Associates “ of the Twin-Cities and is their list of what they carry on their platform.
You may remember that I told you that they did emergency and rescue work this way and that it was an independent, volunteer team, operating outside the city limits.
Over here, our neighbor, General Warren Emergency (and Salvage) Company of Haverstraw, has just installed a battery-operated telephone set, for communication between the truck and distant positions within a quarter-mile radius. Guess we’ll have to try this on our next disaster call.
Here is a good use of donations received from home owners or others who bless you for saving their property with salvage covers.
An outfit near my house (I could throw a rock at their quarters, but I’m told not to mention the name so often), recently received such a donation for leaving blankets on a roof for an unusually long period of time. They’re going to buy sophomore blankets for this kind of job, so that won’t deprive someone else of using their good blankets.
Funny how really tall men like Dr Archer can find the time to write to a struggling columnist, but the many firefighters and officers, paid and volunteers, who might be able to get a practical benefit of this blurb do not even find the time to read it. I guess they are too busy