1945 - 1951





In 1942, during the German occupation, the Passive Air Defence was raised.

It was a civil organisation intended for rescueing and helping the civilian population after air raids.

After the Liberation of Belgium, september 1944, the P.A.D. continued to fulfill its tasks.

In 1945 the P.A.D. was transformed into the National Corps of Aid,
"Corps National de Secours" in French, "Nationaal Hulp Korps" in Dutch.

The main tasks remained the same as those of the P.A.D. :
helping the civilian population after disasters of all kind.

Instead of depending exclusively on volunteers, as did the P.A.D.,
 the N.C.A. contracted men and women who received the civil servant statute.

Identity Service Card of the N.C.A.

The N.C.A. depended of the Ministry of the Interior.

They started with obsolete Allied trucks and other material.

3 rescue columns existed : Brussels, Gent and Charleroi.

Antwerpen 1946, AUSTIN trucks used by the National Corps of Aid.

In 1951 the N.C.A. was tranformed into the National Corps for Civil Protection which still exists today.





A burning tree stump, the flames being the Belgian National Colours.

Above the flames the capital letters "CNS" or "NHK".

The whole on a brown shield with red border.

Formation Badge of the N.C.A.



A crossed spade and pickaxe were worn on the cap and on the collars.

Silver and gold coloured insignia existed and were worn in function of the rank.

Gold coloured insignia

Silver coloured insignia


Rescue helper of the N.C.A.
wearing the insignia
on the collars and the cap.

Commemoration badge

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