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Views of Readers


To the Editor of
The Recorder-Gazette:

Enemy attack on any target city in Massachusetts would result in the occurence of many casualties in a few seconds, necessitating immediate casualty services provided largely by non-professional personnel operating under adverse conditions. Only detailed advance planning, organization and training of personnel, as well as provision of adequate supplies and facilities, could provide effective casualty services in such an emergency.

Civil defense planning requires the enrollment of a minimum of 464 persons in the mobile first-aid units, which this town must have for anticipated emergency. Presently one unit is approaching a full complement and a strong effort must be advanced to staff the second unit and assure dependability, resourcefullness, and confidence in meeting the requirements of the community, region, and state, if a situation of natural disaster or enemy action ensues.

The training of first aid personnel has been carried on for the past two years under the American Red Cross training procedures, sponsored by the Greenfield Civil Defense Agency. Many local people have availed themselves of the opportunity to secure this excellent training by lay and professional personnel. Instruction is given each Thursday evening at 7:30 in Washington Hall. A competent staff of instructors working under the supervision of R. Stuart Cumming with two of our local doctors namely: Dr. Merle Ingraham and Dr. Calvin Hartshorn on hand to check procedures has offered this community a rare opportunity to train its citizens in this important phase of community defense and medical care.

A new course, and the last one of this spring season, will commence on the evening of Thursday, March 18 at Washington Hall, and it is hoped that more citizens will avail themselves of this opportunity to obtain a certificate of proficiency in first aid procedure.

Greenfield folks can register for this course at the Civil Defense office in the town hall daily or report directly to Washington Hall on the evening of the 18th, and join the new classes now forming. We should all remember that the longer medical care for a seriously injured casualty is delayed, the less the chance for recovery. Thoughtful people will understand the necessity of organizing now for contingencies that can happen in these uncertain times.

"Let's build a strong civil defense and keep America on Guard."

William F. Casey

(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: Mobilizing citizens for defense against "Soviet attack" was an important local activity in the 1950s. The threat of nuclear war was the main context but Cold War American fears of attack were also influenced by the large-scale bombings during the Second World War. Civil defense planning included developing plans for evacuation and the constructing of underground air raid shelters. As this letter to the Greenfield, Massachusetts, Recorder-Gazette shows, these programs also involved mass training of civilians in first aid techniques. The letter is also evidence of the growing influence of professionals during the 1950s.


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"Views of Readers: CD Seeks Volunteers" editorial in Greenfield Recorder-Gazette newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Recorder-Gazette
date   Mar 9, 1954
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   10.0"
width   1.75"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L07.020

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WWII Air Raid Warning Instructions

WWII CD Warden's Report Form

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"800 Troops See Dummy 'A-Bomb' At Fort Devens" article in Greenfield Recorder-Gazette newspaper

"Britain Gets Jitters Over Hydrogren Bomb" article in Greenfield Recorder-Gazette newspaper

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