1947 Ford Half-Ton

1947 Ford Half-Ton

 

Owner: Jim & Jan Page

 

 

Rescue 911

Rescue 11, a 1947 Ford half-ton panel truck, is an example of a type of vehicle used by the County of Los Angeles Fire Department in the 1940's and 50's. Staffed by two fire fighters, rescue squads were used to assist fire engine crews on structure fires and to rescue people who were trapped in burning or collapsed buildings, wrecked cars, construction cave-ins, etc. Rescue 11 was never used as an ambulance, but provided medical first-aid to sick and injured people as a first-response unit. At the time, CPR and portable defibrillators had not been invented, there were no civilian paramedics, and 911 was still a dream