Yep, you read it right: the Vatican has its own 37 man (yes, male-only) fire department. Now, this makes a lot more sense when you remember a few things.

First, Vatican City is its own country. It’s not a part of Italy.

Second, according to the fascinating video below, most of their work is not responding to fires, but to other emergencies such a tourist fainting on Vatican grounds or an elevator breaking down.

To join the most exclusive fire department in the world, you have to be a practicing Catholic, a man, and under 25 year old.

Here’s a fascinating look into the Vatican’s fire department:

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