In 1980 the Roosevelt Fire District underwent the creation of an organization that offered emergency rescue services to the District and surrounding areas. Up until then, a porta-power was carried on the ambulance to rescue persons trapped in car accidents and only the City of Poughkeepsie had the Jaws. Under the leadership of Chief Raymond Nichols, a group of members from all three companies came together to create the Emergency Services Squad and set out on both a getting a vehicle and attending extensive training. A used 1973 Chevy step van that was a Mac Tool truck was completely refurbished by the membership in house, painted by Auto Craft, outfitted with a generator from A and T Auto Parts, and equipped with a Walker Gator Tool, lighting, and cascade from Nichols Oxygen Service. The vehicle was an instant success, providing rescue tools, air cascade service, electrical power and lighting, and onboard rehab appliances (water, coffee, and a “snakebite kit”). Responses for the vehicle went throughout the county with it’s unique equipment layout and a crew of firefighters that were extensively trained in firefighting, vehicle extrication, and technical rescue. The vehicle, affectionately known as “the van”, was integral in the support of savage efforts at the FDR home fire in January of 1982.
Officers of the Emergency Service Squad
Captain Ryan Dupilka C-5
Lieutenant Joe Young L51
Lieutenant Chris Beyer L52