Interesting article about eight items used by Air Raid Wardens. For fun I've listen them in order but only in anagram form to see if you can guess what they are. I've shortened the last one on the list from the original long answer. Article link is below the anagram list.
1: SELL E.T THEME 2: ASK MAGS 3: SAVE ROLL 4: LIKING PIECE 5: STAG ALERT 6: FORMER PORTS 7: RITA FITS KID 8: RIPS UP TRUMP
Correct - though I never knew such an implement existed. Maybe that should've been used by Hodges and his Wardens in the Captain's Car episode rather than hefty stirrup pumps and hoses. A ceiling pike would've been easier to carry and we might even have heard Hodges pinching Jones' catchphrase 'the cold steel - they don't like it up 'em.'
Very interesting article from IWM, many thanks Col!
Reading about the overalls, it takes me back to my youth when I did my military national service in my country. (Feels now like in a galaxy far far away...) I remember we also wore uniforms of heavy cotton and the explanation for this was that they were designed to withstand different burning material for about 1 minute. (I don’t know if this had been actually tested or if it was just something the officers told us just to make us feel better...)
Anyhow, in battle, if you were unlucky and got ”a spot” of napalm on you, the good cotton fabric was supposed to buy you some time in order to scrape it off with a bayonet or something! Blimey (as Walker would have said)!
But, to make a short story a bit longer, I think this also was the case with the Wardens’ uniforms - the fabric was to protect from fire and heat also.
”By Jove, that’s the sort of talk I like to hear!”