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Civil Defense Pumpers Play Important Role in California Disaster Operations

Issue 8 and Volume 112.

Civil Defense Pumpers Play Important Role in California Disaster Operations CD reserve apparatus maintained on ready status to provide immediate assistance to any community in need CALIFORNIA fire officials are enthusiastic in their praise of the valuable use made of the state’s 100 civil defense fire trucks. The triple combination engines were purchased in 1952 and 1953, and the apparatus has proved valuable as a reserve and backstop for the state’s operating fire departments. “Acquisition of this apparatus is one of the best bargains California’s taxpayers ever received,” commented one Southern California fire chief. “We now have a statewide well-equipped reserve for any type of fire emergency and an organization to get the equipment into action with minimum delay.” Forty-three rigs were purchased in 1952 and 57 the following year. Total cost of each pumper was $13,732.94, of which the Federal government paid $5,500 plus $300 for freight, in what…

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