Stirrup-Pumps.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 17th July 1941.

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Photo of Mr Marcus Samuel Mr Marcus Samuel , Wandsworth Putney

asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider delivering the greatest number of pumps possible to the supplementary fire parties in residential and industrial districts, and informing fire parties in agricultural districts that the best way to dispose of incendiary bombs is to cover them with earth or sand, instead of issuing stirrup-pumps to agricultural districts?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

The issue of stirrup-pumps to street-fire parties is being made on as large a scale as is practicable. The issue of these pumps in the corn-growing areas is specifically directed to the protection of farm buildings and stacks, and it has been indicated that it is on a temporary basis only. Fire parties both in agricultural and urban districts have already been informed that special equipment is not required for dealing with incendiary bombs dropping in the open, where the best method is the use of sandbags partly filled with sand or earth.