Saturday, May 30, 2009

Vigili del Fuoco

Vigili del Fuoco, Firefighters, LivornoThe “Vigili del Fuoco” are the italian equivalent of a Fire Department, organized on national level with local detachments. A large “caserma” (literally: barracks) hosts our Fire Brigade on the eastern outskirts of Livorno. Firefighters are now civilians but the term for their base has stuck from past times.Vigili del Fuoco, Firefighters, LivornoThe Port of Livorno has its own station of firefighters in the “Darsena Vecchia” (Old Harbor), just opposite the Four Moors.Vigili del Fuoco, Firefighters, LivornoIt is quite a common sight to spot one of the smaller boats patrolling the waters or checking out vessels refueling.Vigili del Fuoco, Firefighters, LivornoThe “Vigili del Fuoco” have their divers ready to plunge in the not so clean waters of the port, for any emergency situation.Vigili del Fuoco, Firefighters, LivornoOn the entrance of the Old Harbor fire station you can read their latin motto: “In audentia hilares”, literally “Merry in boldness”.
I had the idea for this post reading a very good piece on Tampa Daily Photo about an old (but kept as new) fireboat. None of these boats is as lovely as it, but I like most of them anyway.

15 comments:

joo said...

Good series, like them all!
Wow, I miss the sea and ports.
Have a nice weeknd:)

cieldequimper said...

They do a fantastic job everywhere. Great shots, have a wonderful weekend!

m_m said...

Do they chase illegal immigrants?:)

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

what a good job they do. Great collage of photos.

Christopher Raun Leth said...

A very interesting post once again:-) Love the action of the first photo. Are their service often called for?

Vogon Poet said...

@ m_m - The Coast Guard may do this, but not here: the only close foreign land is the French Corsica, Schengen Zone.

@ Christopher - Nothing major in recent times.

Tinsie said...

Great post! I love to see men in action ;-)

Jacob said...

I like all these boats, too. And as I said in the Tampa post, these people are worth every dime...they are so important on the water and everywhere. I think too often firemen (and women) are unsung heroes!

Your photos are exemplary, VP!

henny said...

My question has been answered :).
I never knew before about firefighters patrolling in waters.

Steffe said...

I know you like boats, so I will have to approve to all these great boat shots.

Frank said...

That is just great. Thanks for alerting me. Terrific shots.

Per Stromsjo said...

Unsung heroes, indeed. At least, the proximity to water should help make their job a bit easier.

Vogon Poet said...

@ Per - Ever seen a tanker ablaze? Check the post on Moby Prince...

Per Stromsjo said...

There's a debate here about enforcing stricter separation between risky transports and passenger routes. We like to think that risk is finally under control in this day and age. It's not. Not by a long shot.

Vogon Poet said...

@ Per - You could have the best rules but a silly or distract behavior from a single man can doom a ship or a plane. Unconfirmed, but somewhat believable, sources said that the people in charge of the Moby were watching a football game during what was a routine trip, slamming against a tanker.