"On the Feast of the Patron Saint Barbara, the national community gathers around the Firefighters to renew feelings of gratitude for the service they provide every day, with professionalism and humanity."
This is the message that the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, sent to the Head of the Department of Firefighters, Public Rescue and Civil Defense, Renato Franceschelli. "The calamitous events that have affected large areas of the country have once again seen the National Corps face with determination the new challenges that the impact of climate change and human activity pose with increasing frequency to the territories. Faithful to the values of solidarity that inspire the Constitution, the women and men of the Corps have generously honoured their mission in the demanding rescue operations during floods and landslides in Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Marche and other territories and in the emergencies that have arisen. The country knows that it can look with confidence to the Vigilantes, permanent and voluntary, ready to take action promptly, developing effective synergies with the other components of the civil protection system, offering a valuable contribution even in dramatic international contexts", such as Libya and Turkey. "The function of monitoring the territories is fundamental, particularly in inland and rural areas, and the initiatives promoted by the Corps are precious. The constant commitment of the Fire Brigade in the field of risk prevention, in the promotion of safety at work and infrastructures, in the activity of safeguarding the historical and artistic heritage in situations of danger and degradation, constitute as many significant chapters.
In the year in which we commemorated the 30th anniversary of the massacre in Via Palestro in Milan, I would like to address a moving thought to all the firefighters who, even recently, have lost their lives or been injured in the performance of their mission.
To all the members of the Corps and to the family members who share its life and concerns, I address the greetings of the Republic and the best wishes for a happy holiday".
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