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Organization of the Civilian defense requires the enrollment of large numbers of civilian volunteers to augment the police and fire-fighting forces of our cities, to perform special services such as emergency feeding and housing, render first aid,MoreOrganization of the Civilian defense requires the enrollment of large numbers of civilian volunteers to augment the police and fire-fighting forces of our cities, to perform special services such as emergency feeding and housing, render first aid, and assist in rescue and repair work. These new forces must be assigned to specific duties and trained to perform them with speed and skill. Much of this training can be undertaken at once by Police and Fire officials, local doctors and engineers, and other city officials and civilians. But the possibility of air attack or organized sabotage brings in its train new problems. Adequate warning systems for the civilian population must function without the possibility of failure... To impart instruction in these matters a large corps of instructors in being specially trained. The training is being conducted by the War Department under the direction of the Chemical Warfare Service. This branch of our military service has conducted schools in gas and fire defense for the other military branches, the Marine Corps, and the Navy since 1920 and has awarded graduation certificates to nearly 3,000 officers and 500 enlisted men in that period. Because of its experience and specialized personnel, the Chemical Warfare School was assigned the task of developing an intensive two weeks course for training of instructors. The course provides as much practical demonstration and field work as it is possible to provide.--p. 5.