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Fighting Crop Fires

Payment for Fire members

Super Applications Received


13th February 1941





You and thousands of your fellow citizens may soon be dealing with fire bombs for the first time. While you are waiting to receive official training, it is essential that you should know the elements of fire-bomb fighting. Here are some hints from the Ministry of Home Security.

Remember that success in dealing with this menace to yr home and business will depend on you keeping a cool head, a keen eye, and on quick movement.

Do not rush wildly at a fire bomb as soon as it drops, especially out-of-doors. No harm will be done by leaving the bomb to burn for a short time, when it can be more safely approached.

If you are working a stirrup pump nozzle, wriggle forward on your stomach, keeping your head as near as possible to the ground, to avoid fumes.

It is a good idea to protect your head with a dustbin lid.


If you are indoors, don't be afraid of smoke. If you keep close to the floor, you will find that the air is fresher. You will also be able to see better.

Deal with the biggest fire first. Should furniture be well alight it may be best to tackle it first, using the jet, them put the spray on the bomb, returning perhaps to the furniture. Be particularly careful never to turn the jet on to the bomb.

If there is a fire in a room and the door is closed, be careful how you open it. If it opens towards you, keep your foot and weight against it to stop it flying open and gusts of flame and fumes shooting into your face. If it opens inwards, keeping as far from the opening as you can, to avoid possible flames and fumes.

In any case always enter a burning room on your hands and knees. Do not enter a building or a room where there is a fire unless you are prepared to deal with it at once. If possible, have somebody with you to help.

When the bomb has burned out and the fire is apparently extinguished, make quite certain by looking round for any hidden smouldering, under floorboards, for example.

If you are working a pump, take as much cover as possible to protect yourself from flying particles. Keep an eye on the person operating the nozzle, in case he gets into difficulties, or if you cannot keep him in view, call out to him from time to time. If you are bringing up buckets of water for the pump, keep a sharp look-out for outbreaks of fire in other parts of the building.


Sometimes a fire bomb will roll harmlessly off a roof into the road, but if it lodges in the gutter, do not leave it there to burn, where it may set fire to the rafters and eaves. If you cannot drag it off with a rake or are unable to reach it with a ladder, play a jet from your stirrup pump on to the roof, above the bomb, so that there is a continuous dripping of water on to it.

If you are not a member of a stirrup pump team, either indoors or outdoors you will need a sandbag, from a half to two thirds full of sand/ when approaching the bomb, hold the sandbag up to protect your face and upper part of your body.

Get as close as possible to the bomb, dump the sandbag on to it and move away at once. In about two minutes the sandbag should have smothered the bomb. If you are working out of doors, you can leave it. But indoors, the bomb must be removed, as a fire may be started on the floor.

A long handled shovel or rake will be needed to lift or drag the bomb into a metal receptacle with sand in the bottom, and this must then be taken outside. Lift the receptacle with the handle of the rake or shovel, not of course with your hands.

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