Squad Car for Green Bay, Wis.
The Green Bay, Wis., Fire Department, an organization conducted under the rules of strict military discipline which Chief Ralph H. Drum learned from experience in the World War, has recently added a squad wagon, believed to be one of the most efficient and modern pieces of equipment in use throughout the country today.
Resembling a housecar, the truck carries, packed away neatly in lockers, equipment for all types of rescue work, it also carries added equipment for use in fighting large blazes.
The chasis is an International, while the body was built by the Acme Body Works at Appleton, Wis. Decorating of the truck was done by the firemen themselves, while a number of the pieces of equipment are “inventions” of the Green Bay department.
Total cost, with new equipment which had to be added to the equipment transferred from the old “squad wagon.” came to less than SI.200.
The “squad wagon” goes in on all calls handled by the main fire house, returning to the station if there is no need for its services. It is also used exclusively for all “squad” calls, and carries a crew of six men, a driver and officer sitting in the front seat and four other firemen riding on a bench in the car.
Between the cabinets and lockers, along the sides of the truck, there is provided floor space large enough to carry two patients on stretchers. Thus the truck can also be converted into an ambulance.
A gasoline powered generator in the truck generates electricity to run six electric pads, three large floodlights or an electric saw which the firemen use for cutting through flooring in a hurry. There are 250 feet of wiring coiled on a spool in the rear of the truck with eight outlets for the electric current from the generator.
Also included in its equipment is an oxygen inhalator and six tanks of oxygen; grappling hooks and 250 feet of rope; six electric heating pads; two oxygen masks and two all-service masks; the electric saw; three floodlights; complete first aid equipment; leg splints and safety belts; blankets, towels and rubber gloves, and a stretcher.