“Go West, Young Man!”

FOLLOWING the trend of thought uppermost in our minds recently, here is a shining example of how to do it.

The city Fire Department of Minneapolis is taking over the salvage work and the insurance interests are disbanding the Fire Patrol, according to a news clipping which reached my desk recently.

There was quite a story in connection with this event, and I wrote to what I supposed was the proper source of information and if I do not give you the whole story it is not my fault.

Some people just don’t like to write letters.

I had a very nice letter from our dear friend. Dr. Harry M. Archer, and he reports his constant pleasure with reading this column and also his considerable improvement in health, for both of which bits of news we give thanks.

That Emergency Council I’ve been writing about recently, staged a monster, county-wide Mock Disaster Call t’other day, rolling 20 units, in co-operation with the local Chapter of the American Red Cross. Considerable of benefit was learned, especially just what could be done in the way of speeding up such calls, via police radio, we enjoying the fullest co-operation of the several Police Chiefs in the county.

The First Emergency Squad in Fire Department circles for many miles around (which incidentally was the First Salvage Corps in a Volunteer F.D. in the U.S.A.) rolled in all togged out in nice, new, white coveralls, with their name suitably embroidered on the back. Quite an innovation in these parts and looked very businesslike. Especially nice when you roll on a call and have to work prone pressure in the mud with your Sundav-go-to meetin’s on.

And, speaking of volunteer emergency squads (gee, they’re springing up like mushrooms or dandelions, all over the land), what do you think of the following as a list of equipment?

Two pick-head axes, one flat-head axe. two carpenter’s pinch-bars, one wedge point crow bar, two square point. D handled shovels, two round point long handle shovels, one six-inch block and tackle, one 10-pound sledge, two hacksaws. assorted blades, one all purpose wood saw. 800 feet assorted ropes, one pipe wrench. 24 inches. 1 ditto. 36 inches, two flare and flag kits, set assorted cold chisels, set assorted socket wrenches, 20 feet assorted chains, one auxilliary stretcher, two sets, arm and leg splints, two gas masks, one pair rubber gloves, two blankets (folded the Ackerman way), one pair insulated wire cutters, two 36-unit first aid kits, one tannic acid spray kit, one 50-75 person group first aid kit. four extra wool blankets (also folded Ackerman way), six. 12×18 foot salvage covers, roll tar paper. bundle lath, miscellaneous salvage tools, hammer, nails, etc. One 21/2 gal. foam type extinguisher, one gallon carbon-tetrachloride type.

Is that a fully equipped rig or is it. I hesk you!

Well, sir, there’s only one thing lacking, and I won’t tell you what it is, but I’ll say it would be a worthy “PinchHitter” for the last two items, and this I say with no apologies to the “Town Crier” of Readers’ Diciest, Radio and Movie fame. Can you guess what the item is?

Incidentally, I had no trouble at all getting this information, and it goes to prove that the mails are going on regularly between here and Minneapolis, for this comes from the “Box 45 Associates” of the Twin-Cities and is their list of what they carry on their rig.

Maybe you remember, I told you they are doing emergency and salvage work out that way, and are an independent, volunteer outfit, operating outside the city limits.

Out this way, our neighbor, General Warren Emergency (and salvage) Company of Haverstraw, has just installed a battery-actuated telephone set, for communication between the truck and outlying positions within a radius of a quarter mile. Guess we’ll have to try that out in our next Disaster Call.

Here’s a good use for donations received from home owners or others who bless you for saving their property with salvage covers.

One outfit near me (I could throw a stone on their quarters, but I am told not to mention the name so often), recently received such a donation for leaving covers on a roof for an unusually long period. They are going to buy some second-grade covers for just that kind of work, so this will not deprive some other person of the use of their good covers.

’sfunny how really big men like Dr. Archer can find time to write to a struggling column conductor, but the many firemen and officers, paid and volunteer, who maybe could get some practical benefit out of this blurb don’t find time even to read it. I suppose they’re too busy


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