Auxiliary fire department
Auxiliary fire departments are found throughout the
United States, mostly in larger cities with origins in the Civil Defense preparation of the Cold War.
These departments are usually overseen by local emergency management organizations (formerly
civil defense). Auxiliary fire departments were intended to aid regular fire services in case of nuclear attack when it was expected large numbers of fires would result from nuclear blasts overwhelming full time services. Most still in existence run support vehicles such as lighting trucks, air supplies, rehab units, and the like.
An Auxiliary fire department may also be used similarly like a "reserve" fire department or a "volunteer" fire department.
Volunteer fire department
* [http://www.cafd.us Cambridge, MA Auxiliary Fire Department]
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