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Teamwork Is The Thing
These are section leaders of the medical group, gathered at the police and firemen's clinic to talk over problems. Dr. John A. Reed (standing at lefti, chief medical officer for civilian defense, is leading the discussion. The doctors are organized to meet the situation, whatever it may be. More than 1,000 emergency beds hove been provided. Medical teams of physicians, nurses and trained aides are ready to assemble at desig nated hospitals on the flashing of an alert. Casualty stations have been spotted at strategic points and, should disaster come, advanced first-aid stations could be estab lished quickly. As these workers leave their office in the District Building, assistant air-raid wardens (note their arm bands) are waiting to direct them to their stations. Every Government and private office building and every large hotel and apartment house has its own warden and a staff of deputies. Their duty is to prepare a plan for blacking out the structure and to find the best place for employes or guests to gather during an attack. This picture wos token at a school for zone and building air-raid wardens—the key men of the warning and protective corps—at the Departmental Auditorium. Lt. Comdr. J. P. Wetherill, who addressed the school, is demonstrating a gas mosk to John J. Hasley (cen ter), assistant chief air raid warden, and Fred A. Smith, president of the Board of Trade. While no civilian gas masks are available, a measure pending in Congress is to provide a start toward equipping citizens. * CIVILIAN defense moves for ward, plans to blanket the city with emergency aid in the event of an air raid are made at meetings of all groups involved Training schools are being held for air-raid wardens, volunteer firemen and policemen, first-aid crews, rescue and bomb squads and all the other elements in the far-flung program of preporing Washington for any emergency. Government and pri vate office buildings are prepared to turn off unnecessary lights and black out the others, and employes are being given air raid drills to ocquaint them with the safest places in each structure Apart ment dwellers and householders are being taught to black out their homes and to follow instructions governing an attack on the city. Gradually every citizen is learning what to do and what not to do. An air-roid drill at the District Building. These District employes hove been summoned from their desks by the building's alarm system and are walking downstairs to allotted lower corridors, termed the safest locations. The whole plan has been worked out carefully, so that there would be no confusion in a reol bomb ing ottack Meetings like this are held every night in communities all over the Metropolitan Area of Washington, including nearby Virginia and Maryland. This scene was taken at the John Quincy Adams High School, where civilian defense workers of the Kalorama area have gathered. The speaker is Gunner F. C. White, JJ. S. N., lecturing on gas and incendiary bombs. Behind him is a kit of the chemicals he is discussing. The real organization of civilian defense is carried out in the com munities. Each neighborhood has its own complete setup. More than 31,000 persons in the Metro politan Area have volunteered for defense work. This is o glimpse of the air-raid shelter the Willard Hotel has set up just off Peacock Alley. It is below the street level and has exits in either direction, opening on steps leading to Pennsylvania avenue and F street. The refuge is designed for persons who hap pen to be in the lobby or who might take shelter from the streets during an air raid. The guests, their rooms turned dark by central switches, would gather in the upper corridors, where dimmed lights, invisible outside, would be kept burning. This hotel was blacked out 100 per cent in a recent test. Star Staff Photos.