01/20/10 105 W, 1 I - + 8 - 10 Goldsboro Rescue Squad, 1955

From the August 1955 issue of Hose & Nozzle, here's Goldsboro's rescue squad. Same was donated to the city by the Lions Club in 1953, with equipment donated by several civic and fraternal groups, businesses, and individuals. The entire "rescue car" and gear was valued at $6,500. The volunteer squad was organized in September 1953, with all members holding "standard first-aid cards" as all firefighters did. The officers of the squad, along with ten members, also held instructors certificates in first aid. Didn't the rescue squad subsequent split from the fire department, and operate independently? What's their history? Click to enlarge:

Yes, they did split. Goldsboro FD ran 2 ambulances and covered “City” calls and Goldsboro Rescue, though located in Goldsboro, covered the rural areas outside of the city limits that were not covered by other squads. A few years ago, Wayne County took over all EMS services and the existed rescue squads were allowed to continue; however, they supplement the county service and do not provide first line care. I believe the vehicle pictured or one like it is still at the old Goldsboro Rescue Squad station. Wayne County has made a lot of progress. At one time they had multiple PSAPs with Goldsboro PD “station 1” dispatching police and fire and Wayne Central “station 5” doing the county dispatching. They are all consolodated into one PSAP now. There’s ALOT of history in Wayne County – especially on the fire side of things.
JoCo Medic - 01/20/10 - 07:59

Wayne County was one of the first counties in the state to utilize dump tanks, and, as the stories have been told to me, Nahunta Fire Department was the first rural department to receive insurance credit or a higher rating for their water shuttle capabilities.
Legeros - 01/20/10 - 20:38

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