Posted 5 years ago
British WWII Fire Watchers helmet.
The duties of fire watchers were not to ‘watch fires’ but to look out for
incendiaries and extinguish them before a fire could take hold. A law in September 1940 required factories and businesses to appoint employees to watch for incendiary bombs outside of working hours.
Incendiary bombs were quite small. They were dropped, hundreds at a time. On impact they ignited and burned.
Fire Watchers were issued with a bucket of sand, a bucket of water and a stirrup pump.