Reference HO 207/384
Title REGION No 5 (LONDON): Shelter wardens: duties, responsibilities and training
Former Department Reference O/LR 11/15 & 11/15/1
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Air raid shelters
Document Types Memoranda
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Organisations Air Raid Precautions, Civil Defence Service


A file of documents relating to the training of air-raid shelter wardens. Subjects discussed in the file include the distinction between shelter wardens and air-raid wardens; the need for shelter wardens to have A.R.P. knowledge, such as anti-gas precautions, first aid, and the procedures for incendiary and high-explosive bombs; training course provisions, including lectures, handbooks, and guidance notes; hygiene and sanitation provisions, including the procedures for disease, vermin, disinfection, ventilation, and amenities; and other arrangements for shelter management, including rules, the control of lighting and heating, sleeping arrangements, complaints procedures, and emergency exits. Other subjects discussed include crowd control and the prevention of panic; procedures to deal with offences; cooperation with the Civil Defence Service and the police; welfare provisions to foster community spirit, including shelter committees, recreation activities, entertainment, and education; and special welfare measures for women, girls, children, the homeless, the elderly, and the infirm.


administration, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, amenities, bedding, books, children, civil defence, civil defence training, clothing, communal feeding, construction, disability, disease, drunkenness, education, employment, entertainment, family, film, fines, first aid, gas, gas protection, healthcare, heating, high-explosive bombs, homelessness, imprisonment, incendiary bombs, infants, libraries, lighting, local authorities, maternity, mothers, offences, old age, parents, part-time employment, police, public health, public morale, public spaces, recruitment, repair, sanitation, savings, shelter wardens, venereal disease, vermin, voluntary organisations, volunteers, water supply, welfare, working conditions, youths

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