After a difficult few months working flat-out to assist people in the areas affected by earthquakes, extreme snowfall and a deadly avalanche, Italy’s Firefighters finally have something to celebrate.
The Vigili del Fuoco were named the world’s best firefighters at a competition known as ‘the firefighting Oscars’, in recognition of their work in assisting the earthquake-hit population of central Italy.
Italy’s firefighter teams assisted tens of thousands of people affected by the quakes, rescuing survivors from rubble, and working on reconstruction in the damaged towns. They also helped thousands more who were isolated by heavy snowfall in mid-January, and led rescue efforts at the avalanche-hit Hotel Rigopiano in Abruzzo.
The World of Firefighters – Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award has been running since 2013 and recognises the men and women who risk their lives to serve the public, with winners chosen by a panel of judges and online voters.
Article source: The Local