8mt under the streets of Rome there is an ancient Roman station of Firefighters with a votive fountain in front of it.
Barracks of the VII Coorte of the Vigiles.
But, who were the ancient Roman Firefighters?
The "VIGILES" [Vigiles Urbani, very similar to the Italian modern definition of "Vigili urbani" but these last ones are not Firefighters, but traffic officers] were a city corp created under Augustus.
At the beginning the corp was made by slaves [according to different sources from 500 to 600 and at the end of the reign of Augustus they were about 7,000] under the command of one of the "aediles".
In the city the organization of the vigiles was almost military and the barracks were deployed in a way to cover all the areas of the urban territory. The commander of the corp was the "Praefectus vigilum".
Not only Firefighters ...
A curiosity about the ancient Roman Firefighters is that they were not intended only to face fire, but also to patrol the streets during the night and to take care of public order.
They already used axes [like modern Firefighters] and they knew the technique to suffocate the flames by means of wet mats [sometime soaked with vinegar].