• Short Summary

    While the opposing forces in Europe stockpile deadly nuclear weapons and formulate plans for repelling military advances by their foes Switzerland turns to the defence of her people by designing more effective means of protecting them in the event of radio active clouds descending upon the country.

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    While the opposing forces in Europe stockpile deadly nuclear weapons and formulate plans for repelling military advances by their foes Switzerland turns to the defence of her people by designing more effective means of protecting them in the event of radio active clouds descending upon the country.

    Lausanne was the host to many people visiting the exhibition of Civil Defence equipment opened here today. Rapid advances have been made in the design of devices that will give a community a better chance of survival should a nuclear attack occur.

    Probably the most important, fundamental piece of equipment presented at the exhibition is a sectional, prefabricated, concrete shelters. Obtainable in sections, thus allowing for a range of sizes, this shelter is water-tight, air-tight and much more preferable to a larger construction that if destroyed would involve the death or injury of great numbers of people, where as these self-contained, compact units can be scattered over a large area, or decentralised, thus increasing the chances of survival.

    Other exhibits include various medical kits and apparatus for emergency operations or first aid. There is also a rescue sack, a canvas sheet with handles for carrying, which is much lighter and more easily stored than the usual rigid stretcher.

    Should an attack take place food would be scarce, so food packs sufficient for four persons living in a prefabricated shelter for two months are available, ready for use. To eat these rations special unbreakable kitchen utensils have been designed. To light these sanctuaries are numerous types of electric battery lamps.

    To prevent the spread of fire from a nuclear bomb and also for use in Man's struggle with fire in general a fire-proof brick has been manufactured. To demonstrate the properties of these bricks a gas burner has been placed beneath several of them and visitors are invited to touch the bricks so heated to show how little heat is emitted from them.

    A novel attraction for the schoolboys at the exhibition is a geiger-counter, on which they are permitted to tested the radiation value of the luminous paint on their watch faces.

    Leaflets and brochures handed out during the course of the exhibit thrust home the terrible prospects and disturbing realities of the aftermath of a nuclear bomb attack.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA239KNHVL8Q57DCVH4ZXW9A81F
    Media URN:
    VLVA239KNHVL8Q57DCVH4ZXW9A81F
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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