Casualties Union are a registered charity and independent voluntary organisation, that provides acting and reacting casualties and patients for the medical profession, emergency services and those teaching first aid, nursing and rescue.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Following on from recent Government advice regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, our Executive Committee regret to advise that until further notice, all members meetings, training nights and duties will be suspended.
Our volunteers will know very well how situations like this require patience; just as an emergency exercise would require the same. The Coronavirus will take time to be dealt with and we value the health and well-being of all those who volunteer for us, care for us and ask us to assist.
What we do…
Making the incident feel as realistic as possible to all involved
We pride ourselves on the realism of our incident staging
Professional makeup techniques add to the realism of the injury and training
Operating since 1942
Casualties Union are experienced working with all agencies
All members undergo a comprehensive training programme in acting, staging & makeup
Large UK network
With over 300 members we can usually provide our services in your area
We are a registered not-for-profit charity so can suggest a level of donation for your exercise. Our members are covered by public liability insurance
Casualties Union is a charity registered in England and Wales (234672), and an independent voluntary organisation. We provide acting and reacting casualties and patients for the medical profession, the emergency services, and those who teach first aid, nursing and rescue.
Our members use makeup and acting skills that have evolved since 1942 to a standard that is accepted and used by the UK’s top training hospitals, industry and emergency services.
All our injuries and acting are carefully researched and practised until perfect. We are extremely grateful to some of the country’s most eminent medical people who advise us and guide us.
Our vision is that all victims of sudden accident or medical emergency should benefit from the skills of their rescuers and carers who, in turn, had benefited from the realism we provide in their training.
Casualties Union has decades worth of experience
Casualties Union evolved from the Surrey County Civil Defence Rescue School, set up during WWII by Eric Claxton to train in bringing bomb victims out of damaged buildings. He ran courses in which acting, made-up casualties were used to teach skills to rescuers. Casualties Union evolved from this school in 1942 and we are still going strong many decades later!