Achievements of the Sanitation Department

Monday, May 14, 1951

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Commissioner Arthur Wallander and Andrew W. Mulrain, Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation, talk about that Department's plan for civil defense. They are making preparations for first aid - personnel will receive first aid training to assist in the efforts post-attack. Sanitation Department Training Facility, where sanitation recruits are trained. Installation of two-way radio in department vehicles.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71858
Municipal archives id: LT1824

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Arthur W. Wallander


Andrew W. Mulrain


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About Report on Civil Defense

From public welfare to firefighting to water safety, this program updates the public about disaster preparedness.

From 1950 to 1952, Arthur J. Wallander, Civil Defense Director for New York City, interviewed the heads of city departments about the steps their departments had taken to meet the needs of the city's civil defense system.

These programs provide an interesting vantage point on beliefs and fears about what many assumed were imminent attacks.  While providing exhaustive details about the municipal systems, they also ask the implicit question, what is your plan in the case of nuclear attack? 


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