Between explosions and fire

The role of the Fire Brigade

Since Italy’s entry into war in 1940, the Fire Brigade‘s first task has been the training of first response teams through periodic exercises held in many municipalities in Modena and the insurance that fire-fighting equipment was properly prepared inside factories and public places.

The Fire Brigade teams were called to respond to the dropping of bombs, as well as the falling of incendiary weapons and debris which caused numerous fires in various parts of the city. The simultaneous occurrence of multiple fires required precise partition of water resources, which created a number of organizational problems. Modena got its water resources by channelling water from the Secchia River. However, since the territory of Reggio Emilia also drew water from the same river, it was necessary to alternate supplies between the two cities, build new tanks or repair the existing ones in the area.