Rescue operations and contribution to civil protection
The Guardia di Finanza, as Police and Armed Force, is an integral part of the “National System of Civil Protection”, in accordance with the article 13 of Legislative Decree no. 1, of 2 January 2018.
The Corps has to employ trained personnel and air-sea equipment to face up to the crisis situations within a complex system including the interaction of many institutional actors and it can respond promptly and effectively, even in unpredictable situations that are secondary to primary institutional tasks.
Thousands of people in great danger situations are saved each year by agents engaged in situations such as the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, weather and hydrological emergencies in different areas of the Country and seismic events affecting the province of Catania. They deal with the search for missing persons, the rescue of people in difficulty, the fight against looting, the viability of damaged areas, the flight missions for qualified personnel and civilians transportation as well as the reconnaissance missions through the use of air-sea equipment and staff belonging to “Anti-terrorism and Rapid Response Service” and “Alpine Rescue of Customs Officers”.