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Navy Tests Underwater Use of Demand Type Rescue Equipment

Issue 12 and Volume 107.

Navy Tests Underwater Use of Demand Type Rescue Equipment Early this year the Army-Navy Air Force Register (January 2, 1954), published an account of how firemen can double in brass by becoming divers. This described demonstrations conducted by Lieut. James K. Martins, MC, U.S. Navy, who donned a fireman’s Air-Pak unit and dove off a pier into New York harbor. Forty members of the New Jersey State Fire Chief’s Club were present as the doctor performed various maneuvers under 35 feet of water. Five minutes later, soaking wet, he climbed back on the navy pier and said “Almost any fireman can use equipment which is standard on most fire trucks to make emergency underwater rescue of persons in vehicles which have run into a river or lake.” Dr. Martins, in the article in question, while detailing the advantages of this type equipment in an emergency, nevertheless pointed out that use…

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