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Training for the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation (which, with the Royal Observer Corps, was then retained) also continued. The special responsibilities of the police in peace and war continued with planning and training to cope. Emergency planning by the regular peace-time Fire Service also continued with central training for selected officers of Brigades given at the Fire Services Training College at Moreton-in-Marsh. Stocks of emergency fire service equipment were retained in store.
50% of industries developed an effective interest and were fully engaged in training volunteers. British Railways had a special coach to tour the network for training purposes. The National Coal Board had 20,000 volunteers under training in addition to their normal mines rescue service. Heavy industry, public utilities, food suppliers and the medical services all had a clear-cut and obvious role in the restoration of conditions essential for the survival of life after nuclear war. West London’s largest and best equipped Industrial Civil Defence group, at D Napier and Sons Acton works, had 250 volunteers giving up two nights a week and two Saturdays per month to train.
Operational control buildings and their communications (which formed part of the emergency control system at the various levels of government) were preserved but on a care and maintenance basis. at a level needed to enable more active preparations to be resumed, if necessary, without too much loss of ground’. Home Office civil defence staff were withdrawn from the Regions but a central planning staff was retained. The Civil Defence Staff College at Sunningdale and the Training Schools at Falfield and Taymouth Castle were closed in 1968 but the School at Easingwold, Yorkshire (later to be designated the Home Defence College) was retained for centralised training and as a venue for civil defence studies and conferences.
A Brief History of Civil Defence by Tim Essex-Lopresti