Department / Emergency Rescue Vehicle
The Temple Terrace Fire Department in the 1970's, was composed of
volunteers and a few paid employees. Because of the dedication
of the Fire Chief, the Club membership became involved as a
support group and started raising funds for emergency equipment
needed at the Fire Department. A Blackhawk Extricator, Heart
Monitor Half Pack and a Life Raft were donated to the Fire
Department. Later, in 1977, TTWC donated another Heart
Monitor at a cost of $2,000. As the City of Temple Terrace
expanded, it became very evident that an Emergency Rescue
Vehicle was vitally needed. In 1972 TTWC asked the City
Council to authorize the purchase of a vehicle that could be
equipped for this purpose and to institute a training program on
Emergency Medical Services in the Fire Department. TTWC
agreed to raise the necessary funds to equip the vehicle.
The Emergency Rescue Vehicle was purchased and equipped in 1976.
Over $10,000 has been donated over the years for this program.
About the same time that the Emergency Rescue Vehicle was put
into service, a Blood Pressure Clinic was established at the
Fire Department so that citizens could have their blood pressure
taken free of charge by the Firemen. TTWC members handled
the clerical work in the morning and evening on the first
Wednesday of each month. This program was offered to the public
fro 15 years and approximately 200 people participated monthly.
A successful “Boot Drive’ was conducted in July 1977 by the
Fire Department and TTWC to raise a total of $5,250 for
the purchase of The Hurst Tool (called ‘Jaws of Life’).
About 50% was collected from the public and TTWC provided
the balance. This tool enables the firemen to cut open crushed
cars involved in accidents enabling them to extricate the
occupants and it can even be used under water. At the time of
purchase it was the only one located in the Northeast section of
is supportive of the Fire Department with contributions for
equipment and special needs. A contribution was made toward the
purchase of a computer operated “Robot Fireplug” called
“Pluggy the Fireplug” which was used to instruct school
children in fire safety. The effect of TTWC’s support
of the Fire Department over the years is best demonstrated by a
letter to the editor which appeared in ‘The Temple Terrace
Beacon’ (July 26, 1978) from one of the firefighters of the
Temple Terrace Fire Department expressing appreciation for
contributions made by TTWC.
“I want to inform you that the Woman’s
Club saved a life this morning. Not one of you was at the scene
of the rescue, but each of you helped save a man’s life. Our
rescue vehicle responded to the call in one minute. Our Flynn
valve oxygen unit and other equipment donated by the Woman’s
Club made it possible. Each time I pray to the good Lord, I
thank him for the support our program receives from your Club”
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