WHEREAS, thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars in property are lost each year through fires; and

WHEREAS, as a result of these destructive fires, immeasurable losses are caused in employment, production and other economic activities; and

WHEREAS, fire prevention programs have proved effective in communities throughout the nation; and

WHEREAS, DelaWare has been particularly fortunate in this past year because of the valiant work of its volunteer fire companies and paid city companies whose alertness have prevented many losses ; now

THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate the week beginning October 9, 1955, as


I call upon the citizens of all our communities to organize effective programs for reducing the needless waste caused by preventable fires, and I urge the American Red Cross, the Delaware Safety Council, all of our Chambers of Commerce, business, labor and farm organizations as well as schools, civic groups, and public information agencies to observe Fire Prevention Week. I also direct our Fire Marshal and other appropriate agencies in the state to assist in this effort to reduce the loss of life and property resulting from fires.

1N WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State

(Great Seal) to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this Sixth day of October in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eightieth.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State