From reader Brian Sherrill, this
vintage beauty was found for sale at Atlantic Avenue Tire & Service. The side of
the truck reads Johnston County Civil Defense Rescue Service. And with the
original blue and white Civil Defense paint scheme still intact! Looks like
maybe a mid-1960s panel van, maybe GMC or Ford. Our readers can probably provide
some history on the truck, as well as provide a buyer. This one'll probably get
scooped up real quick. Maybe this weekend we can get some more photos. Click to
Mid 50’s International. 4 wheel drive. Sold by the town of Smithfield around 1998 or so. Myself and one of the paramedics there almost tried to drive it, but the dry rotted tires (looks like the same ones!) changed our minds. It was a really cool truck. I see the ‘for sale’ sign…if my wife and the HOA would not get mad and throw a fit I would try to buy it.
It used to have a cargo rack on top that carried a Stokes basket. There was a Siren siren light on the cab roof and another siren on the front bumper with the winch. It carried ‘old school’ rescue equipment like ropes, chains, come-a-longs, etc. It was also used at one time to pull the old rescue boat that I think was sold around the same time.
I have seen three others on International chassis from 1954-5 or so, and one on a 1957-8. Also have seen a couple on Dodge platforms. No Fords or GMs.
For a long time the Smithfield Rescue Squad was called the Johnston County Civil Defense Rescue Service. I remember their 1973 Pontiac ambulance with that lettering.
In those days JCCRS rotated wtih an ambulance service operated by the Smithfield Lions Club. I am not sure when they stopped rotating and it became simply the Smithfield Rescue Squad.
DJ - 12/01/10 - 23:41
The Vance County Squad had a 1964 GMC that carried a lot of the simular type equipment
rnln (Email) - 12/02/10 - 01:39
The Panel Truck that was at Duty Tire on Atlantic Ave in Raleigh is a 1957 International S120 panel truck. This was a special order panel truck provided by the Civil Defense, later assigned to Smithfield Fire Departmant. It is a 3/4 ton 4X4 in line 6 with with a 4 speed, stock 8000lb Ramsey on the front bumper. it has only 15,000 miles. We are trying to find old pictures or any of the old equipment to restore this vehicle. It was purchased for resoration by the local Maaco shop on Atlantic. Please call Dwight at 919-264-2000 if you have any information or pics!!!
Dwight Bubac (Email) - 01/22/11 - 20:52