Fire Guards Training at Bedford Square
16mm film Black & White Silent 1941 3:58
Summary: This amateur film lets us see the men joking about before getting on with the volunteer Fire Guard training - extinguishing smoke bombs and controlled fires.
Title number: 20586
Description: Fire Guards were volunteers recruited to operate in the vicinity of their own home and street and were formed into small teams of 3 to 5 persons and trained to tackle small fires caused by incendiary bombs or to extinguish the incendiary bomb itself using water supplied by a stirrup pump. Unlike an official government film, this amateur film lets us see the men joking about before getting on with the training - extinguishing smoke bombs and controlled fires.
Credits: Edmonds, Eric (Filmmaker)
Keywords: Second World War (1939-1945); amateur; home front; firefighting
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Camden; Bloomsbury; Bedford Square
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