In Memory of Jim Page & Rescue 11.

Jim Page

1936 to September 4, 2004.

Rescue 11 - restored.

Rescue 11, a 1947 Ford half-ton panel truck, is an example of a type of vehicle used by the County of Los Angeles Fire Department in the 1940's and 50's. Staffed by two fire fighters, rescue squads were used to assist fire engine crews on structure fires and to rescue people who were trapped in burning or collapsed buildings, wrecked cars, construction cave-ins, etc. Rescue 11 was never used as an ambulance, but provided medical first-aid to sick and injured people as a first-response unit. At the time, CPR and portable defibrillators had not been invented, there were no civilian paramedics, and 911 was still a dream.

Jim Page & Rescue 11 back in the 50's.

Restoration of Rescue 11 began in 1991 and was completed in 1995. The project was conceived and financed by Jim Page, a retired fire chief who was then the publisher of "Rescue" Magazine and "Firefighter News". As a new firefighter in the 1950's, Jim was assigned to Rescue 11 in Altadena, near Pasadena, Ca. Lacking the time and talent to do the restoration himself, Jim visited Randy Clark here at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, in Escondido, Ca. Although the original Rescue 11 was no longer in existence, Hot Rods & Custom Stuff rebuilt an identical 1947 Ford Panel Truck into an exact replica of Rescue 11 with Jim Page's guidance.

The old firehouse.

The restoration included a late model 351 cubic inch "Cleveland" engine, a C-6 Ford automatic transmission, independent front suspension, power steering and power brakes,air condidtioning and stereo sound. In spite of modernization, the exterior had to look original, including warning lights and goldleaf lettering. All of the original style rescue equipment and accessories that came with the truck have been fully restored and mounted in the vehicle. Rescue 11 is fully operational and could do today the mission it performed for so many years.

Rescue 11

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