Until a few years
ago, in accordance with the idea about the definition of historical and
cultural assets, real historical significance could be given only to religious
buildings, to artistical works, to a castle, or to a monument. Consequently
it was impossible to give the right importance to all other buildings
and to their restoration works. Unfortunately many things were lost.
The same fate
happened to all the machinery, and the equipment concerning the Firemen's
We wanted to challenge the past and the oblivion through the idea of a
museum able to give evidence of the Firemen history of the Italian. This
challenge was the result of the determination and the work of the Firemen's
Historical Association, of the public authorities, and of public citizens
who made possible to collect, to restore and to treasure a property of
such great importance.
Who can forget the Roman Forces, the first example of civil defence against
fires in the ancient world? Or the glorious history of the "Guardie a
Fuoco" already active in the XIV century in Florence? Or the history of
the artisans that had to defend their city, Turin, beginning from 1442?
These are only a few examples that have contributed to the consolidation
of the relationship with the population of every single city.
IT IS NECESSARY TO DO SOMETHING ENERGICALLY
We notice also in Italy a rare interest for what concerns the tradition
of Firemen, even if it came later compared with France and the Anglosaxon
countries. Many people have understood the importance of such historical
A DECISIVE HELP
The Firemen's Historical Association (APSVVF), starting from 1992, has
been really active in order to rescue and to recover instruments concerning
Firemen's long tradition. The Association has also promoted conferences
and debates, and it has furthermore supported the publication of many
The APSVVF has 2 principle aims:
· to save our historical memory in order to remember that our country
has a long tradition
· to create the Historical Museum. This is the real challenge against
the past, and it needs the help of everyone interested in it.
TO ENCREASE THIS PATRIMONY
The task of the Association is really big, but it is not impossible. It
needs, anyway, the help of everyone. That is why we launch an appeal so
that we are no longer the cause of the losing of that patrimony.
If you are interested in, write at:
ASSOCIAZIONE PER LA STORIA DEI VIGILI DEL FUOCO
Corso Regina Margherita 330, 10143 TORINO
Or Phone us:
Annual Membership fees:
Supporter membership: £135000
Ordinary membership: £50000