Series GR-3644 - B.C. Civil Defence photographs

Slogan used in public relations work of ARP "A.R.P. the 4th arm of the services" W.C. Mainwaring (left), Chairman, Advisory Council, Provincial Civilian Protection Committee, exp... Brigadier General A. Ross, Director of Civil Defence for Federal Govt., left, and J. A. Cribb of ... South Wellington Civil Defence Fire Department taking part in fire-fighting display, Nanaimo, B.C. Brigadier D. R. Sargent, Officer commanding Nanaimo defences, planting headquarters poster at civ... Mr. Robert Naylor with loft of carrier pigeons used as messengers by Nanaimo Civil Defence Commit... Mayor Hamilton (centre) Port Alberni, is given explanation of control room facilities in that city Women's Auxiliary to Chemainus Civil Defence Committee serve refreshments after civil defenc... From left to right: W.C. Mainwaring, Chairman, Advisory Council, Provincial Civilian Protection C... Auxiliary fire-fighting unit constructed by fire department, Prince Rupert, with Bickle-Seagrave ... Reeve Lockley (centre), Fire Chief Pecknold (right), with splendid civil defence ambulance suppli... Self-contained fire-fighting unit constructed by Municipality of Oak Bay, showing Bickle 150 gall... Gas decontamination crew, Oak Bay, B.C., administer first aid to casualty during civil defence pr... Incident practice, Oak Bay Municipality Civil defence community hall with provision in basement for housing auxiliary fire-fighting equip... Fraternal Order of Eagles equip and operate excellent first aid post and operating room in their ... Mr. J. Fyfe Smith, Provincial Commissioner, St. John Ambulance Brigade, inspects St. John Ambulan... Gas decontamination team at Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, in training with full equipment Members of Controllers and Chief Wardens Association of British Columbia, hold annual meeting, Ho... Constable W.B. Coupland, Provincial Police detachment assigned to civil defence, testing Victoria... Rescue squad removes casualty from roof of building during practice, Victoria Mr. Percy McKergow (left), Director of Civil Defence, City of Vancouver; R.J. Manion (center), Fe... Effectiveness of fog nozzle demonstrated at civil defence practice, North Vancouver Chinese civil defence personnel receive instruction on respirators and the handling of incendiary... Auxiliary fire dept. organized by Civil Defence in yards of North Vancouver Ship Repairs Ltd., No... Chinese first aid squad handle casualty in civil defence practice, Victoria Army landing barge being tested to ascertain if suitable as firefighting barge, Vancouver, B.C. Inspector S.F.M. Moodie, B.C. Provincial Police, Civil Defence detachment (light police uniform) ... Over 10,000 gallons of water per minute pumped during display by Civil Defence Auxiliary Fire Dep... Casualties are recorded and admitted to Chinese emergency hospital during ARP practice, Victoria...
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B.C. Civil Defence photographs

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  • 1942-1944 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General. Advisory Council. Provincial Civilian Protection Committee

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77 photographs : b&w

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The Advisory Council, Provincial Civilian Protection Committee was formed in March 1942 by Premier John Hart. The mandate of the committee was to advise and assist the Provincial Committee for the Organization of Air Raid Precautions (chaired by John Hart) in the organization of air raid precautions in the province. The chairman of the Advisory Committee was W.C. Mainwaring, of the B.C. Electric Company.

Through OIC 491/1942, the Advisory Council was merged with the Civilian Protection Branch of the Provincial Police and made the operating committee responsible for training, dissemination of information and providing grants to local groups for the purchase of air raid equipment.

The Advisory Council was closed down in September 1945.

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Custodial history unknown. Acquired around 1945 and entered into the HP accession book as individual items.

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The series consists of 77 black and white photographs created by the Advisory Council, Provincial Civilian Protection Committee between 1942 and 1945. The photographs show the Provincial Civilian Protection Committee and A.R.P. (Air Raid Precautions) activities in the province between 1942 and 1945. Most of the photographs were taken by Steffens-Colmer Ltd. of Vancouver and have typed captions and photographer numbers on the back.

The photographs depict the following activities: headquarters and staff of the committee; A.R.P. firefighting practical training; first aid and hospital incident practice; A.R.P. students and teams; power boat squadrons, ambulances, mobile canteens and other equipment and public information activities including parades and instruction in the use of respirators for civilians.

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Original negatives of Steffens-Colter Ltd. held by the City of Vancouver Archives.

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Copyright has expired.

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See GR-3643 for photograph album that contains many of the same prints.
See GR-0268 for records of the Committee.
See GR-3654 for a presentation album created for the Premier.
Fonds AM1545 held by the City of Vancouver Archives.

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Accession number(s): GR-3644

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Archives code(s): Each photograph was previously numbered file 740 before being given HP numbers HP018467 to HP018533.

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