01/20/14 143 W - + 2 - 3 Vintage Film: GMC Rescue Truck Bolsters Civil Defense

Speaking of Civil Defense rescue trucks, here's a splendid short film from General Motors, showcase a purpose-built, four-wheel drive rescue truck they manufactured in the 1950s. Believe the same model served in Durham, and was the original Rescue 1. The setting is the National Civil Defense Training Center, which opened in Olney, MD, on April 30, 1951. See that citation.

The training center grounds were meant to resemble the aftermath of an "atomic attack," thus the partially demolished structures and large piles of rubble. Notes this page, special corridors ran through the structure, which allowed instructors to plant "casulaties" deep within the simulated debris.

As a bonus, here's a Federal Civil Defense Administration education film from the same era, with instructions on surviving an atomic bomb attack. Because we care.

Check out the Roto-Ray at 1:54 of the rescue video. All of the ones mounted today spin much faster but this was the norm for a lot of the early models.

As to the rescue truck, it is similar to the International model that Johnston County acquired around 1957, of which Mike already has a picture- http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/weblog..
DJ - 01/20/14 - 23:50

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