Training Weekend for Re-enactors 1-2 Feb 2014

The NFS and AFS Vehicles Group are organising a training weekend next year. There are several aims behind this – we want to improve the realism and quality of the Air Raid scenarios that we have been doing in the last few years, both in the fire-fighting, and in the Civil Defence and Civilian aspects. We have for a long time wanted to get together with the other re-enactors that we work with to practice working together as a team.

We thought it would be nice meet a lot of our 1940s friends over the winter, to chat, plan, learn, share and party. And this is what we came up with. The attachments include a flier, a description of the workshops we would like to run, and of interest only to the firemen, a training schedule for the NFS.

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The day will cater for all re-enactors who take part in our Air Raid scenarios.

People will be split into two groups: Firemen (starting Sat 10am), and everyone else (Sat lunchtime).

Some training will be done for everyone together, while other training or workshops will be done in the two groups. If you would like to lead, or contribute to, a workshop, please let us know.

We plan to provide a basic hot lunch each day (Jacket potato + filling, or soup), hot food at the party. We ask for a contribution of £4 per day + £6 for the evening to cover costs, or £12 for the weekend.

Booking in advance is requested, with payment by paypal, cheque or BACS.

If you have children, the event should be child-friendly – please get in touch about arrangements.

Sessions for Everyone

Pyrotechnics, smoke, sound (Ian Beck, Dave Madden, Jan Sutcliffe) – Including the different types of pyros in use with the group and the noise generated by them, the different ways of making smoke. This is for familiarization only and will not include training in the use of the electrical firing device.

Basic parade ground drill (DN) – including At Ease to Attention, Marching in step, Wheel, Halt, Fall Out, correct mustering at roll-call, correct terms to be used at roll-call, correct uniform for turnouts and mustering. A short bit on etiquette.

Planning – events and scenarios for next year.

Basic Foxtrot (David and Fran) – A very simple dance to ‘get you by’ at a 40s event: walk, walk, side, together.

Party Night – Bring your own drinks. Jayne Darling (formerly Velvet Divine) will sing a short spot for us, and there will be plenty of time for chatting, planning, listening to 40s music, and a bit of dance.

Sessions for Firemen

Introduction to Group Risk Analysis (JS) – Including why it is required, application to individuals, an understanding of what it contains.

Hand pumps drill (JS/DN) – Including the correct use of the stirrup pump and other hand operated pumps. Working in teams of 2 or 3

Hose drill (DMadden)– including running out, under-running and rolling up, branch work (with 1 and 2 men), correct signals to / from pump operator.

Ladder drill (DN)– including slipping a ladder from an appliance, carrying the ladder, correctly setting the ladder up and working with a ladder.

Turntable Ladder drill (DMoore) – including setting the ladder up, correct signals, checking prior to extending, control of extending and housing. Also T/L monitor operator – including the correct wearing of the T/L belt, safety at the head of the ladder, hand signals to the ladder operator / officer in charge. Also T/L operator.

Pump crew and pump operator drill (DMadden)– including the starting and running of the Dennis, Beresford, Coventry Climax and Barton pumps, correct signals to / from the branch-man.

Escape ladder drill (DN) – including slipping the escape from the appliance, moving the escape, extending and retracting the escape.

Sessions for Civilians, ARP, Police, Doctors, Rescue and Civil Defence

Basic Safety in a Scenario (JS) Keeping yourself and everyone else safe.

1940s Etiquette (Wendy and Norman Brown)

  • Clothing – what to wear, and what not to wear. Black vs Brown shoes.
  • How to improve authenticity – avoid mobile phones, plastic cups etc in public
  • Who to salute, and how. How to address the King, Prime Minister, etc

Telling a story, portraying a character, creating a drama (Wendy and Norman Brown)

  • Dialog between civilians and ARP
  • The stress of coming out of a bombed building, and how people react
  • Creating little drama scenes within the whole scenario.

The Work of the ARP and Rescue, and WVS (by Jay and Glyn Knox)

  • The everyday work of being aware of who is in which houses (professional busybody)
  • In an air raid: fire first aid, medical first aid, rescuing civilians, role call, first in control, etc.
  • Afterwards: rescue from rubble, ‘silence’ to listen for survivors, labels on survivors, report forms.
  • WVS: Welfare, getting families back together, tea and blankets, etc

How to be rescued (David Needham, NFS), Practice in coming down a ladder, or being carried.

Practical ARP

  • Use of stirrup pump, etc.
  • Practicing ARP skills for a scenario, and working together
  • Creating a V1 bombsite, trying out ideas on a rescue scenario.

Creating a WW1 impression, Nottingham suffered a Zeppelin raid in 1916. Could a bombsite work for WW1 as well?

Booking info

Preferably by email to

Payment by Paypal to, BACS to 07-01-16, 28049912 or cheque to D.Moore.

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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