California Governor Issues ‘Fire Service Day’ Proclamation

California Governor Issues ‘Fire Service Day’ Proclamation

Present at the proclamation ceremony were (left to right front row): Chief Elmer Brouillard, Chico; Chief Mott Jimenez, Hayward, chairman, C.F.C.A.; Harry M. Dyck, president, C.S.F.A., Governor Knight; Joe Guerrero, chairman, California Junior Chamber of Commerce; Assemblyman Carlos Bee, 13th District; Harold Bowhay, chief. Fire Services-C.D. Back row: S. H. Edmundson, Fire Rescue-C.D.; Thomas S. Ward, state fire training supervisor; Assemblyman Seth Johnson, 56th District; Chief Hugh Morris, San Mateo; Glen B. Vance, State Fire Marshal Office; Gene Albrecht, executive secretary, C.S.F.A.

Last year California fire departments celebrated “Fire Service Day” as a public relations program to assist the public to become better acquainted with the work of the fire fighters (FIRE ENGINEERINGJuly 1957). The idea originated with Chief William Miller as a Los Angeles City Fire Department project, but held such promise it was quickly adopted by fire departments in the entire state.

The first “day” proved so successful it is now an annual event and for the second time Governor Goodwin J. Knight has issued a proclamation which set aside May 3rd as Fire Service Day. Co-sponsors are the California Fire Chiefs Association, the California Rural Fire Association, the California State Firemen’s Association and the California State Junior Chamber of Commerce.

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