Power Unit for Greensboro

Power Unit for Greensboro

Greensboro Fire Department's new power unit.

The Greensboro, N. C. Fire Department recently placed in service an emergency power unit.

The unit came about when, after deciding the department had to have such an apparatus, Chief C. W. Wyrick undertook a study of this type of equipment. He put together his findings, and out of the result came the Greensboro Power Unit.

The picture herewith tells part of the story. Here is the rest of it. The chassis is a Dodge 1 1/2-ton truck with dual wheels, Body is all-metal, electric and acetylene welded. Compartments, of which there are plenty are all of metal and lettered to indicate contents.

The generator is an Onan 10 K.W. or 10,000 watt automatic. There are ten separate circuits, all fused with 30 amp. fuses and separate switches.

An innovation not ordinarily encountered is the fact that both sides of the body of this unit contain identical equipment the total being as follows: 8 -500 watt Crouse Hind Floodlights. 4 -500 watt CH floodlights on top, mounted on pedestals which can be raised to a height of 4 1/2 feet above the truck roof.

Compartmentized, below the generator are found hand saws; rubber gloves with protectors; pliers, screwdrivers, hacksaws, claw-hammers and other small tools. In the next compartment, top, are contained Skilsaws, 3-way junction boxes and drop cords with shields. In the compartment below are super vacuum suction fans, and in the next compartment are five 150-watt small hand lights and two 500-watt CH floodlights.

In the next compartment, are located 7/8 in. electric drill and bits. The upper compartment accommodates two reels of heavy duty light cord, 300 ft. on each reel. These reels wind by a crank through the back of the body.

Entering from the rear of the truck, one finds compartments containing portable cutting torches, asbestos suit, a set of bolt cutters, wire cutters, rope and acetylene cutting and welding outfit with 25 and 100 ft. sections of hose.

Overhead lighting is all fluorescent. Incidentally, the hand lights used were designed by the department. These lights have an 8-in. steel base, using vapor proof fixtures with guards, and flat strap iron for handles. They are easy to handle, hard to kick over and provide ample light for a room. There are 36 of these lights in the department.

The body of the truck is 12 ft. long, 6 ft. high and 8 ft. wide. The approximate cost of the apparatus was $9,000 equipped.

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