Training for ARP and Casualties

Last Saturday, we had a very good day, originally aimed at ARP, Police, WVS, First Aid and casualties, but in the end, only ARP and casualties, and my wife as WVS, turned up.

We started out with a hand pump that could very well have been used by ARP – to give rather more water than a stirrup pump could, and showed the difference between Dutch-rolled and normally-rolled hose.

Henry James did a bit on First Aid, and pitting on a wound dressing, and David showed us ways to use a triangular bandage.

We lowered a dummy from the TL in the Neil Robertson stretcher, and laid it out on the ground. The dummy was then replaced by a real casualty for the ARP wardens to transfer to a normal stretcher, and carry into the K2 (to simulate an ambulance).

Our resident make-up artist, Hannah, did a small demonstration of a small wound (on her little brother), and explained the possible reactions to some of the materials she uses, and hence the importance of a test on a small area of skin to see if it triggers an irritation. We discussed the possibility of getting bloodstains on valuable clothing, and ways to make sure that it never happened, in particular making sure that wounds on a casualty are positioned so that they don’t spoil the ARP warden’s overalls as the casualty is carried.

We looked at safety, and drama. How can we make the displays more realistic and dramatic. All washed down with some lovely home-made soup and loads of tea. All told, another training success. Thanks to David Needham, John Sutcliffe and Henry James for the training, and to Jan and Fran for the soup.


About lowdhamstation

I am a director of a small (and very technical) business, a committed Christian, a Reader (and preacher) in my local village church, husband to my dear Frances, am interested in heritage railways, and heritage fire engines. I currently run a group that displays wartime and early post-war fire engines at 1940s re-enacting events and steam engine rallies. O yes, and vintage cars and motorbikes, and we live in a Victorian railway station.
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