New Roselle, Ill. Emergency Unit Rescue
The new emergency unit of the Roselle, Ill., Fire Department played an important part in the fire fighting and rescue activities following a recent explosion in the town’s business district. The unit is equipped with radio and a public address system which was used to direct activities at the disaster scene. It also served as a canteen for dispensing food and hot coffee to firemen and rescue workers.
The vehicle was designed and outfitted by members of the 21-man volunteer fire force under the direction of Chief Hugh Seddon. It consists of an International SM-152 chassis fitted with a Metro body and is powered by a 131 hp engine.
Emergency and disaster equipment consists of two-way radio with a roofmounted loudspeaker, a 25-kva generator, floodlights, smoke ejector, demand masks, resuscitator, power hacksaw, blankets, first aid medical supplies, stretchers and carbon dioxide and dry chemical extinguishers.
Each item of equipment carried in the unit fits into a special compartment or wall cabinet and is ready for instant use. Counters on each side of the body interior are plastic-laminate covered and provide space for injured persons as well as seats for department members.