03/10/13 139 W, 1 I - + 2 - 4 Holy Smoke!

The next time you grouse about "additional duties as required," consider these Vatican firefighters last week installing a chimney onto the roof of the Sistine Chapel. It'll serve as a transmitter for news of the new Pope. Getty News image. See this Italian news story for more details. Google Images has more. Here's a neat info-graphic titled "Inside the Conclave." Regarding the Vatican fire department--Vigili Del Fuoco Stato Citta Del Vaticano--they're part of the Corps of Gendarmerie of Vatican City State. Or so this Wikipedia page informs. Bet they rely on mutual aid, though! Here's a Flickr photo by Kenneth Lu showing some of their trucks. While here's a Flickr photo by Kelly Lenfest showing more of the fleet. Maybe readers can post a run card for the Chapel, ha.

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