Casualties Union

Casualties Union is 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. For over 80 years, we have continued to serve the community with the same dedication as when we started.

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

Who we are

We are unpaid volunteers, giving up spare time to perfect techniques and assist clients with their training

What we do

We create the illusion of illness or injury by makeup, staging and acting

Who we work with

First aiders, paramedics, doctors, nurses, police, fire-fighters, rescue teams and more


Operating since 1942

Casualties Union are experienced working with all agencies


Professional Services

All members undergo a comprehensive training programme in acting, staging & makeup


Large UK network

With hundreds of members throughout the UK we can provide our services in most areas


Charity organisation

We are a registered not-for-profit charity. Our members are covered by public liability insurance

Casualties Union is a charity registered in England and Wales, 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!

Some of our Clients