This Thursday, like every June 2, the Volunteer Firefighter’s Day. The date remembers the day the first volunteer fire department of La Boca was founded, which was constituted from self-convened residents of La Boca.
Specifically, on June 2, 1884, a resident of La Boca named Tomás Liberti was in charge of organizing a human chain with his neighbors to put out a fire in the area. For this reason, in addition to selecting this date As the Volunteer Firefighter’s Dayin the vicinity of the Boca Juniors Stadium, a street pays tribute to Liberti.
The work of firefighters is essential for the operation of any neighborhood, municipality or province, therefore, this day tribute is paid to those Volunteer firemen and his honorable bravery and work.
Until last year, more than 43 thousand firefighters were registered in the country. Thus, divided into 900 squads, men and women voluntarily perform this task 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Firefighters have specialized training to perform different risk tasks. Each of the specializations cover: structural fires, vehicle rescue, rope rescue, forest fires, water rescue and diving.
Similarly, the training extends to: canine brigades, first aid and emergency psychology. Firefighters are trained at a basic level and then choose one of the specializations, as explained by the National Council of Volunteer Firefighters of the Argentine Republic.
To be a professional firefighter, a minimum of one year of training must be completed, for this, it is necessary to be between 18 and 30 years old at the time of registration. Likewise, it is mandatory to present a physical and psychological fitness. Finally, it is necessary to have completed high school.