Civilian protection. Members of the rescue parties like this worker must be prepared to reach victims of bomb raids and fallen debris and give them emergency first aid treatment. It is not always possible to remove debris by hand, therefore, rescue workers' trucks carry equipment to enable the rescue squad to shore up masonry, cut through steel or stone, shut off broken mains or tunnel through conglomerate heaps of debris. The worker here shown is using an acetylene torch to cut away a stubborn resisting piece of expanded steel
Hollem, Howard R., photographer
United States. Office for Emergency Management.
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