A Ministry of Home Security recruitment poster (off-set lithograph) calling for volunteers to join the Fire Watchers service. In September 1940, a Fire Watchers Order compelling factories and commercial buildings above a certain size were to create and maintain their own fire watchers. Herbert Morrison, the Home Secretary, made appeals for a "Citizens Army" of fire watchers to assist the local fire brigades with dealing with incendiary devices. The 'fire-bomb fighters' was mentioned in a speech given by Morrison (and shown below):
"Until we are able to stop the night bomber, fire raids will continue to be one of the greatest menaces to our independence and freedom and we have all got to lend a hand to beat them... Let there be no hanging back, put all your courage, energy and skill into this vital task of war. Fall in the fire-bomb fighters!"
Later in the war, as the Fire Guard service featured on another poster emblazoned with "Britain Shall Not Burn".
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