Training and drills using ladders, hoses and breathing equipment were part of everyday life at the fire station which helped the fire fighters to keep fit and boost morale. During the war, regular training continued. Government posters described how to deal with incendiary devices and how to prevent fires spreading. Rescue teams were called to help the firemen and women find civilians trapped under rubble in bomb damaged buildings and trained to manage the fallout following a gas attack - which luckily never happened. In the first three weeks of the Blitz the London firefighters fought 10,000 fires.