A heterogeneous team which eschews narrow definition. A team of staff from 18 to 65 years of age, from Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Tuscany and Trentino.
"We could have been angels, we decided to become Lions."
And so an indelible brand was born. Our launch into fame came at the Italian Grand Prix of 1978, the year of the disastrous fire at the start line which claimed the life of Ronnie Peterson and kept Vittorio Brambilla from the race track for months. A few hundred metres after the start line a massive pile up occurred, with ten cars out before reaching the first turn, half of them engulfed by the biggest ever fire in Formula 1. The Monza press reported how if it hadn't been for us, the aforementioned tragic outcome would have been far worse.
An even greater disaster would have been inevitable, had we not been waiting at the side of the track to clear the way for medical assistance staff. Some described us as angels. Others lauded how we acted with lion's courage.
We chose to identify with this lion's courage as we believe this best describes our activity out on the race track. We are involved more or less directly in every Italian motor racing event, providing consistently high services at every race.
In the face of such praise it is difficult to remain indifferent but what really keeps our team going is its ability to forge enthusiasm and energy: we are a family and it is a joy to work together.
What do we do?
The main aim of our company is to extinguish flames and we strive to continuously improve our services. We are also equipped for the removal of drivers trapped in their vehicle. This occurs in close collaboration with other on site services.
We operate in strict respect of the roles of every team at the site: an injured driver must never be touched by us or by a commissioner as this is the responsibility of medical staff present at the track at all times. Many of us have basic first aid training which was initially taught to us by the great Claudio Costa, however we are not allowed to put it into practice. We do however reassure and comfort the professionals involved in the accident while we wait for the doctors.
The size of our fire fighting teams varies greatly depending on the event: at national events there are usually between 60 to 70 units, but at the Italian Grand Prix there are 210.
This is a notable difference, however the number of units deployed always ensures a high level of safety and is based on risk evaluation. The racing manager is responsible for deciding on the number of track safety services deployed, however we are consulted, in view of our long standing experience.