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Boothstown Mines Rescue Permenent Corps 1955

"Photograph shows a team composed of 5 Members of the Boothstown Permanent Corps, returning to the surface at Sutton Manor Colliery in 1955, after sucessfully extinguishing an open underground roadway fire. Left to right, they are Jerry Dawber; Ken Cook; Reg Evans; Martin Gormally, and Les Hampson. This was a rare event as usually, underground roadway fires would spread at a faster rate than the team could extinguish the flames, cool the area down and resupport the roof to follow the fire. In most cases, direct attack with water under pressure was abandoned and the whole district was sealed off with sandbag stoppings. Reopening of sealed off districts in this way after open fires, could usually be considered after a period of about 6 weeks. Proto Apparatus is worn."

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Keywords:1955, NCB, accidents, boothstown, breathing apparatus, coal mining, coal-mining, coalmining, disasters, fires, jerry dawber, ken cook, lancashire mines rescue service, les hampson, martin gormally, merseyside, national coal board, reg evans, rescue services, salford, st helens, sutton manor colliery, training

Boothstown Mines Rescue Permenent Corps 1955