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    Full title reads: "Underworld Heroes".

    The Ilkeston Mines Rescue Squad in training, Derbyshire.

    Various shots of miners at work in coal mine. Panning L/S of colliery. M/S of members of rescue crew putting on breathing apparatus and walking through colliery.

    Various shots of rescue crew in classroom. A man in a uniform points to a blackboard, he is instructing them about workings of mine. Various shots of crew member peddling on exercise bike, a uniformed man takes his pulse.

    Various shots of training exercise. A man answers the telephone in Mines Rescue headquarters. C/U of his finger pointing to spot on map. He switches on siren. Various shots of members of squad hastily leaving their everyday activities to go to emergency; one man is tending his allotment, another reading a newspaper with his kids on doorstep, one is playing snooker, another bowls. M/S of men running into H.Q.

    Various shots of interior of squad ambulance; it is full of rescue equipment (including a canary in a cage). Various shots of crew and ambulance driving to exercise accident scene. Various shots of crew unloading ambulance and putting on apparatus. The breathing equipment is filled with liquid air. The men consult plan of mine.

    Various shots of crew demonstrating rescue techniques in special underground training bunker. The canary and other instruments are used to test for gas. Various shots of men clearing debris from narrow tunnel. They are shown dragging a man on a stretcher down the tunnel. Various shots of brave rescuers extinguishing an underground fire.

    Panning M/S of men, above ground, removing breath apparatus.

    UNDERWORLD HEROES Coal mining life saving squad.

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  • Data

    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:49:47:00 / 01:52:44:00
    PT 387
    Sort Number:
    PT 387
  • Appears in...

    coal mining 1930s-1940s coal mining Canaries
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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