• Short Summary

    The Brighton Fire Brigade demonstrate their technique for rescuing a person from the bottom of a cliff.

  • Description

    South coat of Britain - Sussex - L/S of a chalky cliff face, camera pans down to reveal a man lying spread-eagled on the beach. M/S of the man on the beach - he is pretending to have fallen off the cliffs.

    M/S of Brighton Fire Brigade fire engine driving up to the scene. The firemen jump out and run along carrying their tools. Narrator explains that when there is rough weather or high water an injured person has to be rescued from the top of the cliffs - which can be a hazardous task. But the Brighton firemen have devised a simple rescue drill using their normal equipment which revolutionises this type of work.

    Various shots of the firemen a they lower a rope from the top of the cliffs. One of the fireman secures himself to the line and abseils down the cliff - frightening! L/S from the beach of the fireman making his way down the cliff. He runs over to the body, a second man joins his colleague on the beach and they roll the body over. Firemen at the top bring a large ladder to the cliff edge and lower a stretcher by pulley from the extension ladder.

    This new method of rescue was conceived and developed by Brighton's Chief Fire Officer Edmund Calvert and his Deputy Harry Stanislas. We see the firemen lifting the man onto the stretcher, they place a helmet over his head to protect it from falling stones as he is lifted up the cliff face. Fireman Milner is the willing victim. The stretcher is hauled up to the top of the cliff. We see the stretcher arriving at the top. M/S of group of firemen who are holding the rope taut.

    Narrator ends by saying "While people are learning the hard way not to take that one step too near the edge, or to get cut off by the tide, it's at least a rewarding thought that close at hand is a rescue team of this grim efficiency."

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:23:00 / 01:04:04:00
    CP 031

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