Car of Chief Boyd of Knoxville Equipped With Pulmotor
The equipment of the car of Chief Sam B. Boyd, of the Knoxville, Tenn., Fire Department, has recently been increased by the addition of a pulmotor. This pulmotor, Chief Boyd says, is a most needed addition to the equipment of his car, as there are many emergencies that might arise where its use would mean the saving of life. Should a fireman, while combating the flames be overcome by acid fumes, smoke, a sunstroke, excessive heat, or by a shock received from an electric wire, it would be a most valuable attachment. It is also valuable in case of resuscitation from drowning. The pulmotor is manufactured by The Draeger Oxygen Apparatus Company, of Pittsburgh, Pa. Chief Boyd’s car is a miniature department in itself, for, in addition to the pulmotor, it carries two extinguishers, 100 feet of rope, a pick-axe, a plug wrench and a pair of spanners. In many instances fire alarms are answered by the chief in his car, and the rest of the fire department is not called out. Sometimes an alarm is turned in where the smell of smoke may be the only evidence that there is a fire. Tre fire may be in the closet, under the roof or in some similar place, and the family may not be able to discover its exact location. In such instances the chief :n his car, accompanied by a fireman, goes to the scene and locates and extinguishes the fire. In one instance at a residence at Fountain City, a very serious fire was prevented in this way. Several other lik,e occurrences have been known. The main advantages of this system is quickness of time. It also saved labor, as many fires that would call out the entire equipment are thus prevented.