As casualties were retrieved from bombed buildings it was crucial that the care they received was noted. These tags would allow Rescue and First Aid Parties to note the medical care given.
The threat posed from incendiaries was severe. Following the fire destruction caused the Christmas Blitz of London in 1940, fire watching was made a legally required duty for factories, large shops and industrial premises.
To aid people if they needed to douse an incendiary many different posters were produced.
I put together a chart of the main ranks and insignia/helmet markings for ARP Wardens and Control staff. See more on the Insignia area of the site.
As a civilian-manned organisation, the Civil Defence services show a great deal of latitude when it comes to the location of badges on uniforms. This group shot from Canterbury (showing a good mix of uniforms) shows what looks like the Royal Life Saving Association (RLSA) badge place above the right pocket of the battledress. The large cartwheel badges on the right pocket may be a variation of the St John Ambulance badge. The gentleman third from right also has an award badge on his lower right sleeve - a most unusual placement. The ladies to the left have the drivers coat and hat - one with the RLSA badge on right side. You can just make out what are probably the small ARP lapel badge aw well.
Via the WW2 Re-enactors FB page, member Wight Wardens posted these remarkable photos. This TACKITABS INCIDENT CONTROL PLANNING system shows how air raids incidents could be mapped after receiving reports from air raid wardens. All the various services are covered from wardens. repair, casualty. police and fire brigade. A unique piece of ARP history.
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