made to increase awareness about the role of the Volunteer Fire brigade
in our community.
Florian was born about 250CE in the ancient Roman city of Aelium Cetium.
He joined the Roman army and advanced in the ranks,
rising to commander of the imperial army in the Roman province of Noricum.
In addition to his military duties,
Florian organised and trained an elite group of soldiers
whose sole duty was to fight fires.
He was known for his dedication, hard work, problem solving abilities, courage,
and ability to get along with and lead a diverse group of soldiers.
St Florian is the patron saint of fire fighters.
St. Florian, patron of fire fighters,
look with a kindly and professional eye upon all fire fighters,
who aim to protect all from the dangers to life and property.
Give them cool heads, stout hearts, strong muscles,
an instinct for prudent investigation
and wise judgement.
In troubles give them strength to be efficient,
in times of great danger, give them the ability to be calm
and enable them to impart assurance
to those who verge on panic.
Give them special guidance while they perform their duty
so that they may be protected from harm.