Defending the East End
|Air Raid Precautions staff and the Emergency Services|
Protecting the city
While waiting for members of the Civil Defence, the warden would attempt to put out any small fires and direct people who were made homeless to the nearest rest centre. A good warden could attend to minor fires and injuries without needing to alert Civil Defence.
A warden's week
This picture shows the members of the Southwark ARP Mobile First Aid Unit. The photograph was taken by Mr. J. A. Pester who is standing in the centre.
As well as ARP staff, ambulances, doctors, nurses and stretcher-bearers all attended the scene of an incident to help and treat those trapped or wounded by bomb blasts.
This photograph is of two nurses at Queen Mary's Hospital with an American-made ambulance that was used to transport the injured.
Before the war the government had made plans for such centres, believing that any enemy bombing campaign would result in hundreds of thousands of casualties.
These fears turned out to be unfounded and wounded people did not overwhelm the medical facilities. Nevertheless, the first aid posts were an important back up to London's existing medical infrastructure.
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