Firefighters to be celebrated on Sunday

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Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea on Sunday will be attending a ceremony before the Monument of Firefighting Heroes in Bucharest on the Day of Romanian Firefighters.

Part of the ceremony will be the presentation of a firefighter of the year and rescuer of the year award to an NCO firefighter and a paramedic of the Mobile Emergency, Resuscitation, and Extrication Service (SMURD) , respectively.

The ceremony will end with a parade of emergency officers, the Interior Ministry reports in a press statement.

The General Emergency Inspectorate will be holding several events these days to mark the 167th anniversary of the Romanian firefighters.

On Friday, military firefighters laid wreaths at monuments in Bucharest City devoted to the fallen rescuers that proudly wore the firefighters’ badge.

On Saturday, the Dealu Spirii Bucharest Emergency Inspectorate welcomes visitors to hardware exhibitions and demos specially prepared for them, in the Carol and Alexandru Ioan Cuza parks, 16:00hrs-20:00hrs.

On Sunday, 09:00hrs-20:00hrs, operational subunits of the Bucharest General Emergency Inspectorate will open their gates to everyone who wants to get to know the profession of rescuer. Specially-themed workshops will be held to raise public awareness over the dangers people face when violating rules of conduct in case of emergencies.

On the Firefighters’ Day, Foisorul de Foc, the fire lookout of Bucharest City, will open to history buffs, who may visit the exhibits in building for free between 09:00hrs-15:00hrs.

Also on the occasion of the Firefighters’ Day, 272 non-commissioned, commissioned and warrant officers of the General Emergency Inspectorate and units under its authority were promoted to the next rank before term as a reward for their professional efforts and results of the missions entrusted to them.

The Day of Firefighters is celebrated on September 13 in honor of the Battle of Dealul Spirii that took place on September 13, 1848 and that saw Bucharest’s 1848 Revolution defended against Ottoman invaders by a company of firefighters under the command of Captain Pavel Zaganescu and two military units under Colonel Radu Golescu, totalling 700 soldiers and 170 firemen facing around 6000 foreign fighters