Evolution of the Fire Department Rescue Squad

Issue 9 and Volume 115.

Evolution of the Fire Department Rescue Squad This article traces the development of the fire department rescue squad from its beginnings to present-day employment. The communities mentioned and the apparatus shown are intended only to be representative of the trends. Space limitations naturally prevent the listing of the hundreds of American fire departments, both volunteer and paid, which provide identical service and have contributed greatly to the development of both technique and apparatus.—The Editors. FIRE DEPARTMENT units of the squad category were first established as personnel carriers to provide manpower to shorthanded companies at fires. They evolved into other types of special-duty units as added equipment was placed on the apparatus and the men trained in specialized operations which fitted into the basic concept of squad operations. Rescue Company No. 1 of the New York Fire Department was the first rescue unit to be organized in an American fire department.…

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