02/04/10 160 W, 1 I - + 8 - 6 Greensboro Salvage Truck, 1955

Salvage trucks are a common historical fixture in fire departments "up north" and in other major metropolitan cities around the country. Some departments operated dedicated salvage companies, or even separate salvage corps, the most famous being the New York Fire Patrol. Their 203-year history started with a group of volunteers who worked to protect the contents of buildings from fire and water damage.

Were salvage trucks, or even salvage companies used in North Carolina? Below is the first salvage truck that Mr. Blogger has happened across. Pictured in front of Greensboro's Central Station in 1955 is their "new salvage truck, built to the specifications" of the department. It carried "all normal and many specialized tools for salvage work." It appeared in the June 1955 issue of Hose & Nozzle. Don't any other details, such as how it responded, or how long it operated. Perhaps our readers can advise.

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