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Colin Hall
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Colin the young lady was asking ostensibly about Fire Piquets and also referring to her Dad’s time and I merely stated my experience.  I recall many times you have explained that you were not an "irk" for long so It may not have come within your experience.  However National Servicemen did whatever was required of them and may I re-iterate on half-pay having left their career of choice to serve the country.

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I was an airman for ten years Dennis [out of twenty five], which is a lot of experience, and most of it overseas. I do know that National Service members were often used as spare labour when assigned to other duties, even Fire Piquet, which in itself was an extra duty.

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Hhhmmm!!!!

Dennis, was your choice of spelling for ’Erk’ deliberate? If so, I am having a little chuckle WITH you.

Colin and Dennis, I for one received elementary fire fighting training on most of the stations that I was posted to and in my profile you will note a fair number. At no point did I/We consider ourselves to be even within viewing distance of the skills of trained service firefighters but were more than capable of containing, extinguishing and closing off a number of levels of live fire events.

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Quoting: dennis shrubshall
Colin the young lady was asking ostensibly about Fire Piquets and also referring to her Dad’s time and I merely stated my experience.  I recall many times you have explained that you were not an "irk" for long so It may not have come within your experience.  However National Servicemen did whatever was required of them and may I re-iterate on half-pay having left their career of choice to serve the country.

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Quite so Denis.
At the time of National Service the R.AF. naturally did not want to spend time and money training someone who would only with them for 2 years. That does not mean that they were thick although most of them were doing unskilled jobs , Back in civvy st. lots of them had  been in extremly highly skilled and highly paid positions.

Quite a lot of young men in the 50s went into the Forces for long periods who couldent make anything of them selves
even though jobs were quite plentiful.

At Bridgenorth i still remember at the Weekends when some of the Officers used to hire horses from a local stable and ride around the Camp and the envious looks as Cpl. Scammell rode around on his Own horse and in immaculate riding gear. He was the son of the Scammell "Iron Horse" empire and also a Nat. Service wallah.

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Fire Piquet

Gentlemen

Many thanks for your replies!

Another question. If FP was in addition to one’s regular duties, would you be on call 24/7 or were there enough people involved that you were assigned to watches for the duration?

Dad writes about the flag raising and lowering and having to report for parade at 10pm If the above applies, would that have been for all the FP or just those on duty at that particular time?

Elaine Hargreaves

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Mike as an N S Radar Operator that was what we were to the regular |Serviciemen and was spelt thus.
There was no "j" in front.

Young lady the F P assembled at 18.00 hrs for inspection  by Duty Officer and lowering of the flag was carried out at that time by the Corporal R A F  Police  Your duties would end the next morning at the main gate at 08.00 hrs when once again the Duty officer would witness the raising of the flag.   You would then have breakfast and carry on your normal duties.

"Images of Life in Rhyme" is available from me and all profits go to Havens Hospice Charity. Thebook is also available on-line from fast-print.net/bookshop and all major book retailers.
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