some time ago, when Litherland advertised with local authorites
for men willing to join such a service. And everyone had
difficulty in getting themexcept Litherland. Why? Perhaps
the A.R.P. Officer for the district, Mr R. Arrick, has the
The secret is, I believe, in obtaining
the services of a really keen club cyclist. he said, in
an interview with the Herald yesterday. If you do
he'll immediately get others, friends of his, to join. The
will then get more. In our case it was Mr Warburton, of Kirk-road,
who started it. Quite a number of the men come from that
Although the Corps is still in a preparatory
stage, there are more that a score of members already. The
photograph of one of the units is shown above.
Qualifications needed by the men.
said Mr Arrick.
are a good geographical knowledge of the district, and of
districts too, as they will then prove most useful as emergency
quides to patrols going to the assistance of any outside
Litherland has been lucky there, in so far as the men have
travelled the roads for pleasure. They also have exercises.
they recently contacted Ormskirk they delivered
a message only a few minutes after a telephone communication
Then they must also take A.R.P. training
and be prepared to perform about 12 hours part-time duty each
week (all the service is voluntary). Mr R. M. Kerrigan, secretary
to the men, has put in a lot of work there, formulating the rotas.
And everyone must turn out immediately upon hearing an air raid
warning; they have their headquarters in a large Council garage.
Someone is on duty at each A.R.P. and A.F.S. depot each evening.
The reason for inaugurating such a service
is obvious. In the event of a breakdown of telephonic communication,
reports can still be delivered. The men contact wardens' posts
where there is always information regarding damage which may
caused, and carry messages quicker than the wardens can write
Men of the Corps
Then part of the Corps is allocated
to the Auxiliary
Fire Service. Their duty is to commence patrolling the
in opposite direction to the pumps so that any fires there
be, reported immediately. There are many other ways in which
Service is proving useful.
All the patrol routes are predetermined,
although it must be remembered that such organisations should
be elastic to a certain extent; and the whole of the Corps is
supple-mented by messengers
on pedal cycles.
What are these men like who after working all
daymany of them on shifts, and nearly all in reserved occupationsvolunteer
for what is obviously a somewhat strenuous service? Well,
of them come from the engineering trades: there is even a
driver, a bus and tram driver, a dock labourer and a baker.
is one man, for example, who works all day until 10 in the
He is on duty at 11 o'clock.
And there is one thing, said the
A.R.P. officer, you can hear when a message is coming.