WHEREAS, of all the elements of danger to which humanity is exposed, fire inflicts one of the costliest tolls in lives and property damages annually; and

WHEREAS, much of this death and destruction can often be traced to hasty action or plain carelessness on the part of individuals; and

WHEREAS, many citizens are affected annually either through personal grief, financial loss or increased insurance rates in areas where hazards prevail or lack of proper fire fighting facilities are found; and

WHEREAS, despite the splendid work of our volunteer fire fighting units in rural areas and professionals in larger areas, who constantly strive by warning, investigation and education to eliminate such hazards and practices which often lead to horrible conclusions;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby declare that the week of October 4 to 10, 1953, be widely observed in our state as


I call on all our volunteer and paid firemen to continue their splendid program of education through the schools, industrial plants and by visits to homes to call attention to the great economic setback suffered annually by fires, both large and small. I also urge that our public and parochial school teachers and all in authority, including leaders in civic organizations and service clubs, take cognizance of this week by reporting to our citizens the necessary steps to be taken to assure greater precaution and to prevent reoccurrence of these dread disasters.

It would seem appropriate at this time to call attention to our Civil Defense program and urge volunteers to join disaster units, where proper fire fighting methods are a part of the training. This volunteer training will be useful, not only in time of national emergency, but will greatly aid should fire or other disaster strike a given community.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hind and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed, at Dover, this thirtieth

(Great Seal) day of September in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-three and of the Independence of the United States the.. One hundred and seventy-eighth.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State