From the Publisher’s Desk
Ambulance-Rescue Service Featured in November
It was back in October of 1967 that our editor, Jim Casey, launched a sort of lowkeyed crusade to get the fire service involved in ambulance service for the citizens they protect. In his editorial for that issue he stated that “there is just no other municipal group, not even the police or hospitals, set up to give the instant response by trained personnel that a fire department offers.”
In that same issue, as if to support his thesis, we reported on how the Memphis Fire Department established emergency ambulance service for its city, and published another article by Captain John C. Lewis, Yeadon, Pa., Fire Department titled, “Ambulance—a Challenge to the Fire Service.” We found it interesting to note how little advertising there was in that issue that related to ambulances and the equipment carried by them—but we’ve come a long way since.
The number of companies supplying ambulances to the fire service has almost doubled, if our advertising is any indication. And the equipment carried on ambulances has increased in number and variety. Defibrillators and cardio-pulmonary resuscitators were practically unknown as was the telemetric communications. But they are well known and used now and we feel that Fire Engineering has played a strong part in this awareness.
As you learned from our last issue, the federal government is strongly involved with the fire service, particularly in the area of ambulance and rescue operations including the training of personnel for such services. In 1967 there was no such involvement. So, in keeping with our small crusade we will once again provide our annual ambulance-rescue issue in November.
Back, again, in 1967 Fire Engineering ran a feature article on the cardiograph radio transceiver that was pioneered by the City of Miami Fire Department. Seven years later we will again feature the Emergency Medical Service of Miami composed of a highly trained group of fire fighters who get involved with IVs and CPR machines—all esoteric terms that were rarely used in the fire service in 1967.
Our November issue will also carry a story on the extrication (from vehicles) training conducted by the Delaware State Fire School which uses two mobile training units that visit all departments in the state.