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.                       ag° ! broadcast a message to the nation
to initiate the recruiting campaign for National Voluntary
Service, and I want to say a few more words on the same
subject this evening. It would be superfluous for me to
impress on this audience the need for building up what I may
call the fourth arm of our National Defence. If we should
ever be involved in war we may well find that if we are not
all in the firing line we may all be in the line of fire. And in
meeting that danger there is a new opportunity of service for
the civil population in the various branches ofcivil defence.
" We are not seeking to build up a vast civil defence force
to be embodied like a professional army in war-time, relieving
the citizens in general of their responsibilities for their own
defence. Our task is to find people for certain definite jobs,
not to find jobs for the whole of the people. What we are
looking for is men and women who will volunteer now to
give their service for certain definite purposes, as air raid
wardens, or fire fighters, for first aid and rescue parties, or for
those services of a more domestic kind which any scheme of
evacuation must demand. And we want them to be ready to
undergo training now so that they may be able to give that
service efficiently if ever the need for it arises.
" I am not afraid of the result of an appeal for volunteers.
The spirit of service has always been strong in our people,
and it never was stronger than it is to-day. Our motto is not
defiance, and, mark my words, it is not, either, deference.
It is defence, and we confidently count on the response of
the nation to make that defence invincible.
" Of course, the enrolment of volunteers would be useless
without the provision of the civil defence organization which
they are to man, and this part of our task is now well in hand.
We have considerably extended the facilities for the training
of instructors in civil defence in the Government schools.
Steps have been taken to accelerate the production of equip-
ment and supplies, and the local authorities are being pressed
to overhaul and expand their own local arrangements for the
training of volunteers.
" Protection against the effects of air raids is another
matter which has engaged our urgent attention. No doubt
you have read of the steel air-raid shelters which are to be