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Teens learn civil defence during Cold War

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These teenagers are preparing to save the country from nuclear disaster. Selected on a merit system, youths from across the country have come to Arnprior, Ont. to learn the basics of civil defence. Armed with Geiger counters, first aid kits and search and rescue tools, the teenagers will complete eight courses over a two-week period.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: July 21, 1960
Duration: 1:20

Did You know?


• Students used Geiger counters to find traces of cobalt 60 hidden in a field. Live radiation sources were phased out in the 1960s when new technology became available.


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