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March 1, 2021

The Romanian Firefighters’ Day, celebrated in Bucharest

Romanian firefighters celebrated on Saturday, September 13, 166 years since the famous Dealul Spirii battle. On this occasion, several special events took place at the monument “Hero Firefighters” in Bucharest, attended, besides numerous military firefighters, by PM Victor Ponta, Internal Affairs Minister Gabriel Oprea, state secretaries Raed Arafat and Ilie Botos, as well as the General Mayor of Bucharest, Sorin Oprescu.
PM Victor Ponta publicly spoke about the major role of firefighters within Romanian society. “I thank you for everything you do day by day, while the rest of us are speaking. The fact that all Romanians know that you are always at hand to be counted on is an essential service you offer Romania. Today we remember some of the most important moments, those of sacrifice, such as that day of 1848 we are celebrating today as the Firefighters’ Day. But I’m also aware of your activity behind public camera and, for all of these things, I think you deserve the gratitude of all Romanians”, the PM declared. “Throughout all those difficult circumstances, when I visited locations of floods and massive snowfalls, I always found you there. I congratulate you for all you are doing and I am very proud of you”, Ponta added.
Internal Affair Minister, Vice Premier Gabriel Oprea outlined in his speech that the number of interventions in emergency situations doubled throughout the last five years, from 147,000 in 2009 to over 300,000 last year. The interventions consisted of putting out fires, providing emergency medical aid, population protection actions or missions destined to rescue people in desperate situations. Over 3,900 lives were saved by firefighters this year, Oprea showed, quoted by Agerpress. He also mentioned that a budget of over EUR 150 million, provided by European funds, would be provided during 2014 – 2020 to Inspectorates for Emergency Situations.
The Mayor of Bucharest, Sorin Oprescu, also attended the event and went to outline the importance of this profession in Romania. “Respect! It’s the first thing that comes to my mind when we’re talking about firefighters. (…) These people are professional heroes. As somebody once said, what we see as heroic deeds is their daily job. These people are fighting fire not in order to appear on the front page of newspaper, not for glory and the admiration of others, and, at most times, not even for gratitude. (…) Their devotion is an example to all of us. Today, we all must celebrate our saviours”, the Mayor stated.
During the ceremony, two employees of the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations received the honorary titles “Firefighter of Honour -2014” and respectively “Saviour of Honour – 2014”. Moreover, 275 military firefighters of various grades were promoted before their due time for great professional achievements.
The ceremony was interrupted by a former ISU employee who protested by laying to the ground in front of the audience, on the area near the monument “Hero Firefighters”, Mediafax reported. The man, a former firefighter aged approximately 50, protested because he had been fired by IGSU in 2011.
At the same event, Ponta and Oprea were both offered by IGSU officials personalized firemen’s helmets and axes, symbols of this intervention service.

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