Leadership

Smithtown Emergency Squad

Issue 2 and Volume 97.

Smithtown Emergency Squad The Smithtown Volunteer Fire Department of Smithtown Branch, L. I., located about 50 miles from New York City, on the north shore of Long Island has maintained an ambulance service for the past five years. The three nearest hospitals are each fifteen miles distant from Smithtown. Some years ago, when road accidents were frequent and hospital ambulances difficult to get in a hurry, the department was frequently called on to transport injured in their emergency car. This car was equipped with a canvas top and was unheated, and on winter days or nights there was a possibility of the patient contracting pneumonia. Some members of the department conceived the idea that Smithtown should have an ambulance, and the logical organization to handle such service should be the fire department. A door to door campaign was conducted, donations solicited, regardless of how small, for the purchase of this…

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